Senate Republicans block bills to avert a government shutdown.
As the deadline to avoid a government shutdown approaches at the end of the week,
the Senate failed to pass a crucial procedural vote to move the House-passed short-term government funding measure.
The procedural motion defeat 48 to 50 in the Senate, with Republicans rejecting the temporary bill because it contained a debt limit extension.
Republicans have said that they would not support an increase in the debt ceiling and have demanded that Democrats bear the electoral consequences of the vote.
Even before the vote was formally defeated, Democrats were considering backup plans to avoid a government shutdown.
Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said, “If this doesn’t pass, we have to keep the government open.”
“Everyone should worry, but Maryland is especially vulnerable.”
If lawmakers do not agree on financing for the government by the end of the week,
the government will shut down.
The Treasury Department said that if the debt ceiling is not rais by October,
it exceeds, with dire repercussions for the US economy.
Although no one party is responsible for the accumulated debt that required increasing the debt ceiling, Republicans are linking the rise to Democrats’ proposal to approve billions of dollars in spending on social safety net programs.
To overcome a filibuster in the Senate, the federal funding bill requires 60 votes,
which means at least 10 Republicans would have to break ranks.
Before the vote, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., stated,
“We will support a clean continuing resolution that will avoid a government shutdown.”
“We will not support increasing the debt ceiling with Republican votes.”