Senate Democrats to push clean debt ceiling bill this week
October 7th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
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Senate Democrats to push clean debt ceiling bill this week

Washington (CNN) - Democrats who lead the Senate are expected this week to take up a debt ceiling bill that would not include any policy changes or spending cuts demanded by Republicans, according to a Senate Democratic leadership aide.

Senate Majority Leader Reid could file the so-called "clean" debt ceiling bill as early as Monday, the aide said.

That could lead to a first key procedural vote taking place by Friday. Democrats are uncertain how many Senate Republicans might vote with them, but at least six are expected to be needed to give Democrats the 60 votes required to clear procedural hurdles.

Most Senate Republicans would shy away from a bill that doesn't specify spending cuts or other policy changes in return for the increased borrowing authority. Democrats are hopeful some Republicans would vote across the aisle to prevent the potentially catastrophic economic repercussions of a default.

If the Senate were to pass a clean bill, it would increase pressure on the GOP-controlled House to do the same. However, Republican House leaders made clear they will insist on concessions from Democrats before agreeing to raise the debt ceiling.

How long the increase is expected to last has not been determined, the leadership aide said. One source said it would last a year; another said it could last a bit longer, taking it past the 2014 election

If Republicans require all the time-consuming steps available to them to delay action on the debt bill, a final vote might not take place October 15th, the Democratic aide said. That's two days before Oct. 17, the deadline for when the government is expected to bump up against the debt ceiling, meaning the Treasury Department will be unable to borrow money to pay the nation's bills as they continues to rack up.


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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    How dare they push a clean bill! What this country needs is more unrelated items being thrown into vital legislation! Extremist groups like the TP are people too, my friend: just not very intelligent people.

    October 7, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Lost in USA

    This is so crazy! We need to open the goverment. Liberals and tea party members have lost all of my respect. You cant have it all! Give a little take a little.

    October 7, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Discount Double Check?

    October 7, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    If the Senate were to pass a clean bill, it would increase pressure on the GOP-controlled House to do the same. However, Republican House leaders made clear they will insist on concessions from Democrats before agreeing to raise the debt ceiling.
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    The Senate has already passed a "clean" bill. The Senate took the House bill that funded everything, removed the Amendment to defund the PP&ACA, and voted 100 – 0 to pass it. Even Ted Cruz voted for it.

    What was notable about that first bill and this new one is that the first had the spending levels were set by the House, which were lower than what Democrats had wanted. The new bill has spending set at where the Democrats want it to be, which is higher than waht the Tea Party House set it at.

    October 7, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    @lost in USA
    Your name says it all. Give a little take a little? Yeah maby like 20years ago. Welcome to the new world of politics. A job well done is when you make the other side look bad, and i mean really bad. The future of the country can wait. You must be young ,if so bless your heart. You have alot to learn.

    October 7, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    At this point, nothing short of a miracle will save us from the destruction being bought upon us by the House GOP. The Senate would be smart not to expect much as there are no more reasonable/sane republicans left in that party. Thanks to the Cruz's and Palin's of the world, all sanity is probably lost forever.

    October 7, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Lost in USA

    @J'Cincinnati'Redd.
    First of all sweetie im 26yr far from young. And it's to bad you think so low of our country that you believe that we can not do better this, a shut down. It's old men like you that are adding fule to the fire.

    October 7, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. Malory Archer

    Lost in USA

    This is so crazy! We need to open the goverment. Liberals and tea party members have lost all of my respect. You cant have it all! Give a little take a little.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Accroding to crybaby bohner, the President (and dems) have given him 98% of what he wanted. Time for him and the rethugs to GIVE the other 2%.

    October 7, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Lost in USA

    We are better then this.

    October 7, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Lost in USA

    This is so crazy! We need to open the goverment. Liberals and tea party members have lost all of my respect. You cant have it all! Give a little take a little
    -------------------------
    The liberals have already given. They gave 10 days ago when the passed the House bill, which fully funded government at the spending levels chosen by the Tea Party, minus the defunding of the ACA.

    What "little" is it that the Tea Party is giving? Nothing. As far as they're concerned, a government shutdown is effectively a spending cut of the massive kind, which is what they've wanted all along.

    October 7, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. sonny chapman

    Why don't Repubs. want their Fed. Govt. to operate like a business ?

    October 7, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. Woman In California

    @ Sniffit

    Great post on the Bloomberg/Booker $1 million....

    Remember, I live in California so I'm just getting caught up on the early a.m. reading.

    October 7, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. tom l

    "That's how legislative procedural games work."

    "I don't really care if dems do it because I can rationalize that and justify it. If the repubs do it, then they're just a bunch of racists who want to bring the country down! "

    1. FIFY
    2. IOIYOD

    October 7, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. Wake up People!

    @Lost in the USA.

    That J.Cincinnatti is a RWNJ. The POTUS has bent over backwards to work with the GOP, they didn't even want to be seen in public with him. They have done absolutely nothing for the past 4.5 years except obstruct. The POTUS has given and given and each time he is called weak, wimp, leading from behind. No the POTUS must stand firm or every time the GOP loses, they will pull this same BS.

    October 7, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    -Lost in USA

    We are better then this.
    ***************
    Yes we are, but the arrogance of power has filled the people with the least amount of power in the Federal Government. Its not about the nation or about party, its about the next election and damaging a president's legacy

    October 7, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    Right wing radio lately has been all about "the people's House," trying to justify the actions of the 30 or so tea party members who caused the government shutdown and are now threatening to not raise the debt ceiling.

    If these and other nut jobs really believe in representative democracy, then they should let the clean Continuing Resolution be voted on by the full House.

    And while they're at it, these same nut jobs should be listening to the majority of Americans who don't want Obamacare linked to the Continuing Resolution OR the debt ceiling.

    end of story ...

    October 7, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    Calling Boehner's bluff after he said a clean one wouldn't pass the Senate.

    Come on, Boehner, you sniveling coward, call our bluff and prove that the clean CR won't pass the House. WE DARE YOU.

    October 7, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. Ol' Yeller

    @Lost in USA
    You need to catch a clue... what did the Liberals do to lose your respect (not that they need it)? They have given and given (so much they are more truely PO'ed than teabaggers). You are definitely a republicant, and sorry but you don't get to separate yourself from the controlling faction of your party. (And please don't post any nonsense about being an Independent).

    October 7, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    @LOST IN USA
    26 years old? Wow! Im not a bully,but like I said you have alot to learn.enjoy you day.

    October 7, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. Donna

    Anything coming out of the Democrat controlled Senate and touched by Hairy Reid is by definition very, very DIRTY.

    October 7, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. Winston Smith

    If either side in this skirmish believe they are achieving upper hand status, they are wrong. Both sides, are looking a lot like spoiled brat children, in need of a quick trip to the woodshed. I hope the voters remember all of this, come 2014.

    October 7, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    ""That's how legislative procedural games work."

    "I don't really care if dems do it because I can rationalize that and justify it. If the repubs do it, then they're just a bunch of racists who want to bring the country down! "

    1. FIFY
    2. IOIYOD"

    Wrong. I care based on whether the "ramification" are actual risk of a shutdown. You ignored the fact that that was the operative point. Had the Dems actually been risking shutdown or default by voting no in 2006, I would most certainly consider it too much and going to far. But that's ok, superficial gloss-overs of my comments so you can mischaracterize them is what I've grown to expect from you. You've yet to address the distinction I've made and instead relied on nothing more than deflection.

    October 7, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Woman In California

    This is so crazy! We need to open the goverment. Liberals and tea party members have lost all of my respect. You cant have it all! Give a little take a little
    ---------
    @ Lost in USA
    What respect are the American people receiving in exchange for this shutdown?
    There's no excuse for this type of behavior. None.

    October 7, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. just saying

    to use your favorite term harry... doa... your nonsense is doa. it is not your way all the time anymore. didn't you hear? the republicans won the house in 2010 harry. you need to work with them, not dictate to them. might want to pass that along to obama as well.

    October 7, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. tom l

    There is no distinction. It's called integrity. Stand by your vote. I do not see the difference at all. Plus, you seem to call them "procedural games" with dems and the evil work by the repubs when they utilize these procedural tricks.

    What you fail to acknowledge is that is on both sides. Both sides have very real and good reasons why it's the other side's fault. If you can't recognize that, then you are just way too partisan (which you are).

    Let me explain: you're right, they should bring it to a vote. I agree with you on that. Make them vote (but please be honest and realize that H Reid has not brought several bills to the floor for a vote in the past, especially during election time). You can argue that this vote is "way too important" but that is beyond the point. I know you don't feel that way but I respectfully disagree. I could say that had H Reid put those bills to a vote, some dems would have been exposed, been in trouble politically and possibly lost their seat. If they lose their seat, the dems lose the majority. So those votes were verrrry important that he decided NOT to have. So, both parties are guilty of political moves solely for political purposes...and that's all this shutdown is about. Politics.

    I see the validity in the fact that we can't default as a nation. That would cause huge damage to our credit rating, and therefore, our economy due to the higher interest we would have to pay to borrow. So repubs have approved a bill that would prioritize payments so that our credit rating wouldn't be harmed. Interest payments would be first so our creditors would not worry about being paid. It is valid that repubs are saying that he is putting politics first because he could sign that bill and our credit rating would be in tact.

    But Boehner is not putting the bill to a vote and Obama is not prioritizing our debt. It's on both of them. You're just too partisan and have too much hate towards repubs to look at it fairly. They. Both. Suck.

    October 7, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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