They’ll slow things down….
That will make Sen. Manchin and Republican’s Happy….
(McConnell spoke directly to Democrats Manchin and Sinema)
And Progressives taking a back seat…..
Democrats accepted the deal because “Mitch McConnell finally saw the light” on offering a solution that could pass quickly, said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
“We’re going to raise the debt ceiling and we’re going to go on and pass infrastructure,” said Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.). “We’re never going to do it through reconciliation.”
Democrats’ decision tees up a vote as soon as Thursday on the short-term debt patch. It also sets the stage for a year-end convergence of Congress’ major fiscal agenda items, with government funding currently set to expire on Dec. 3. After weeks of partisan jostling over GOP resistance to a stand-alone debt hike that Democrats warned put the nation at risk of default, the impasse appears to have ended in a pause rather than a resolution — as both sides claimed victory.
“We have to see the final wording on the offer … we view this as a temporary victory,“ Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) said.
McConnell first discussed his debt ceiling offer with moderate Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona in phone calls earlier Wednesday, according to multiple people familiar with the calls. The two hold the keys to the future of the filibuster and shortly after Manchin announced he did not support altering the filibuster for the debt ceiling….
Senate passes temporary debt ceiling deal
The Senate voted 50-48 on Thursday night, passing an agreement to raise the federal debt limit by $480 billion through Dec. 3. The bill now goes to the House, where there is a clear Democratic majority.
Why it matters: The deal, struck early Thursday by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), would avert the threat of the U.S. defaulting on its debt as of Oct. 18. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen had warned that unprecedented move could trigger a recession and have global ramifications.
- Republican Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) — a mix of moderates, retirees and leadership — joined McConnell in helping reach the 60-vote threshold to invoke cloture and move the Senate toward a floor vote. Cloture passed 61-38.
- Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who is not running for re-election, didn’t vote.
Schumer, after the vote, announced: “Republicans played a dangerous and risky partisan game, and I am glad that their brinksmanship did not work.”…