Senate Passes Bill to Raise Debt Ceiling, Re-Open Federal Government
8:30 PM, Oct 16, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Senate voted Wednesday night to raise the federal debt ceiling and to reopen the government. The bill passed overwhelmingly, 81 senators supporting to 18 opposing, and will now go the House of Representatives. House speaker John Boehner has said he will not block a vote on the Senate bill despite opposition from many in his Republican conference. The House will likely vote on the bill later Wednesday night.
All 18 no votes were from Republican senators, including John Cornyn, Mike Crapo, Tom Coburn, Ted Cruz, Mike Enzi, Chuck Grassley, Dean Heller, Ron Johnson, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Jim Risch, Pat Roberts, Marco Rubio, Tim Scott, Jeff Sessions, Richard Shelby, Pat Toomey, and David Vitter.
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