Republican senators voted against a resolution that would have kept government open and lifted the debt limit to avoid a nation’s credit default.
The Senate voted 49-49 after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, changed votes so he could raise the measure again. The measure required 60 votes to pass and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he will not vote to increase the debt limit.
“The Republican Party has solidified as the default party,” Schumer said on the Senate floor after the vote.
The United States is expected to default on its credit in October, and the money to run the United States government will run out at the end of the month.
Democrats can pass a so-called “clean” bill to keep government open without increasing the debt ceiling.
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