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Senate Republicans Vote to Block Gov't Funding, Debt Limit Bill Just Days Ahead of Shutdown Deadline

© REUTERS / ELIZABETH FRANTZThe U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington, U.S., September 27, 2021.
The U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington, U.S., September 27, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 27.09.2021
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House Democrats approved the temporary legislation last week to keep the government funded through early December, lift the limit on federal borrowing through the end of 2022 and provide emergency money for Afghan refugees and natural disaster recovery. But their Republican rivals have expressed unwillingness to back the measure in the Senate.
Republicans in the US Senate voted to block legislation that would raise the debt ceiling to avoid an impending government shutdown and fund the work of the government.

The motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed with the consideration of the legislation, which requires 60 votes to pass, failed in a vote of 50-48.

"We will support a clean continuing resolution that will prevent a government shutdown. We will not provide Republican votes for raising the debt limit."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters after the Senate Republican lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 23, 2021 - Sputnik International
Mitch McConnell
Senate Minorty Leader
Last week, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed to overcome political opposition and pass a temporary funding bill to raise the country’s debt limit in order to keep the government running.
A group of six former US Treasury secretaries urged in a letter to Pelosi to not let a politically divided Congress be the reason for the world’s largest economy to default on its fiscal commitments.
The Pentagon earlier expressed hope that Congress would prevent a shutdown of the government, after the White House directed federal agencies to begin preparing for a potential shutdown, which would be the first since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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