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

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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  1. Sniffit

    "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."

    While I think the more likely scenario is that the clean debt ceiling increase ends up passing the Senate, let's have fun with your scenario: the GOP/Teatrolls, most like Cruz or Lee or Rubio or that gang, filibusters it or a small cabal in the GOP/Teatroll caucus otherwise stimey it procedurally and prevent it from being voted upon so that a majority isn't allowed to rule. You think that helps them in the general public's perception? Please proceed.

    October 7, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "@ 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.

    Thank you 🙂

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