Senate Blocks Clean Debt-Limit Hike

by Andrew Stiles

Senate Democrats had hoped they could get enough Republican votes to pass a clean debt-limit increase, but that effort failed in a party-line vote Saturday:

Senate Republicans on Saturday blocked a bid by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to extend the nation’s debt limit until after the 2014 midterm elections.

In an 53-45 vote, the Senate failed to win the 60 votes necessary to advance the debt-limit measure to a floor debate. The bill would increase the federal debt by an estimated $1.1 trillion.

Every Democrat supported the measure, though Reid switched his vote at the end to preserve the right to bring the motion up for another vote later.