McConnell Blocks Bid To Bypass Filibuster On Debt

The Hill reports:

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) blocked an effort by Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to bypass the 60-vote legislative filibuster on a debt ceiling hike.

Schumer tried to get an agreement to set up a simple majority vote on a bill to suspend the nation’s borrowing limit, which would bypass the filibuster and let Democrats raise it without GOP support.

“Simply allow for a simple majority threshold to raise the debt ceiling and avoid this needless catastrophe that Republicans have steered us toward,” Schumer said. Under the Senate’s rules any one senator can try to set up a vote, but any one senator can also object and block that request.

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