The debt limit fight is drawing to a close.
For now, at least.
In the end, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) persuaded 14 members of his caucus to support the debt limit procedural deal he and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) agreed to Thursday afternoon.
Per Fox News:
McConnell, R-Ky., voted for the deal along with fellow members of the Senate Republican leadership team, including Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., John Barasso, R-Wyo., Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa.
The leadership was joined by Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., Richard Burr, R-N.C., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Shelley Moore Capito, R-WVa., Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Mitt Romney, R-Utah.
For months Republicans called for Schumer to raise the debt ceiling using reconciliation, which would allow him to do so with a simple majority vote. However, Schumer stubbornly refused to do so, leaving the country days away, in two cases, from debt default.
McConnell has reiterated that his deal accomplishes what Republicans want, forcing Senate Democrats to increase the debt limit without GOP support, which they will have to vote on separately.
However, getting there required overcoming the Senate’s cloture rule, prompting McConnell to find at least ten fellow Republicans to push the debt limit vote further.
Ultimately, the maneuver will allow every Republican to vote “no” when it comes to the vote on the debt limit increase.
Not everyone agreed with McConnell’s tactics, however. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) told Fox News that Schumer and the Democrats were responsible alone for raising the debt ceiling via reconciliation or having the U.S. government experience an unprecedented default.