Proposed legislation would pave the way for Democrats to raise limits in the Senate without Republican support
The new bill does not raise the debt limit itself, but instead establishes a procedure for an additional vote on the issue that would require a simple majority in the Senate, rather than the 60 votes required by most laws. While GOP support would not be necessary for that second vote, at least 10 Republicans would be required to support legislation establishing a procedural agreement.
Mr McConnell still had to make pitches to members to ensure he would have adequate support for the process, but members of the GOP leadership indicated they were supportive of the agreement.
“I’m going to support the Democrats raising the debt ceiling without any Republican votes,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas).
The Treasury Department has warned that it could exhaust its ability to meet government obligations by December 15 if Congress does not raise the debt limit.