Washington (CNN) - Immediately following President Barack Obama's jobs speech to Congress Thursday night, senators are scheduled to return to their chamber to vote to begin debate on a measure disapproving of raising the debt ceiling while effectively continuing the process of increasing it.
So, yes, it's likely they will be supporting the disapproval of something as part of the process of actually making it happen.
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That's because the resolution is part of the hard-fought debt-ceiling agreement hammered out in August that, in the end, will raise the nation's debt limit by $500 billion.
Specifically, senators will vote Thursday on whether to begin debating a "resolution of disapproval" of that debt ceiling increase. As part of last month's broad debt-ceiling agreement, lawmakers reserved themselves the right to vote against the politically unpopular raising of the debt-ceiling as part the mechanism for actually lifting it.
The idea was the brainchild of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell who wanted to find a way to avoid default while allowing members to express their opposition to more federal debt.
Under the convoluted procedure, if senators vote Thursday to begin debate on the measure, there will be ten hours of debate and a final vote sometime Friday. If at that point the resolution of disapproval passes, President Obama would have to veto it. Congress then would vote to override that veto, which is highly unlikely to succeed. At that point, the debt ceiling would go up.
However, if the Senate doesn't vote Thursday in favor of taking up the resolution of disapproval, the debt ceiling would automatically be increased.
Senate leadership aides from both parties said the outcome of the vote is uncertain.