Senate votes to raise debt ceiling, with 11 Republicans joining Dems to break filibuster

The measure passed 61-38, with one vote in excess of the 60 required under Senate rules

By Bob Brigham
Published October 7, 2021 8:48PM (EDT)
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) holds a press conference to discuss Department Of Justice Inspector General's report concerning the origins and handling of the 2016 election Russia investigation, on Capitol Hill December 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. The Senate Judiciary Committee will host Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz for a hearing on Wednesday to discuss his findings.  (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) holds a press conference to discuss Department Of Justice Inspector General's report concerning the origins and handling of the 2016 election Russia investigation, on Capitol Hill December 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. The Senate Judiciary Committee will host Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz for a hearing on Wednesday to discuss his findings. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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The United States Senate passed a procedural motion that sets up a short-term extension of the debt limit.

The vote passed 61-38, with one vote in excess of the 60 votes required under Senate rules. The margin means that no single Republican can be declared the deciding vote by political opponents.

Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) announced on Thursday afternoon that there was a deal that would delay the prospective default until the first week in December.

Republicans and Trump allies blasted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for agreeing to the short-term extension.

Shortly before the vote, Trump put out a statement urging Republicans to block the deal.

"Republican Senators, do not vote for this terrible deal being pushed by folding Mitch McConnell. Stand strong for our Country. The American people are with you!" Trump said.


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