No Republican senators voted for a government spending and debt ceiling bill on Monday, Sept. 27, blocking the Democrat-drafted measure several days ahead of a looming deadline to avert a government shutdown.
The vote tally was 48 “yeas” to 50 “nays,” falling well short of the 60-vote threshold needed to proceed over a GOP filibuster.
With such a vote, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on H.R. 5305, the continuing resolution advanced by House Democrats to fund the government through December and provide emergency aid for areas affected by Hurricane Ida and Afghan refugees, according to Breitbart.
Senate Republicans blocked the continuing resolution as Democrats, rather than put the debt ceiling hike in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, decided that they would pack the debt ceiling increase in the government funding bill.
Before the vote, Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned that they would not help Democrats raise or suspend the debt ceiling, The Hill reported.
“For more than two months now Senate Republicans have been completely clear about how this process will play out. So let me make it abundantly clear one more time, we will support a clean continuing resolution that will prevent a government shutdown. …We will not provide Republican votes for raising the debt ceiling,” McConnell said.
The Senate Minority leader clarified that Republicans would support a government funding bill as long as it does not raise the debt ceiling.
“Republicans are not rooting for a shutdown or a debt limit breach,” McConnell said.
Despite that, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) still warned ahead of the vote that Republicans would be to blame if they blocked the continuing resolution.
“If Republicans follow through with their plans to vote no, they will be on record to deliberately sabotaging our country’s ability to pay the bills & likely causing first-ever default in American history.”
After the vote, Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) released a statement, saying that, “Instead of working on clean, bipartisan legislation to fund the federal government and avoid a shutdown.” Instead, “Democrats forced a vote on a bill that ties government funding to a two-year suspension of the debt limit that will enable Democrats’ $3.5 trillion reckless tax-and-spend bill.”
“A vote to raise the debt limit is a vote to co-sign on the Democrats’ partisan and unprecedented spending spree,” he added.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) also stated that “Democrats are in control of the executive and legislative branches of government. As they demonstrated in passing massive spending bills on a purely partisan basis, they are fully capable of increasing the debt ceiling without Republican votes. I drafted a letter that 46 Republican senators signed in early August giving Democrats fair warning that they would not receive Republican help in raising the debt ceiling to accommodate their partisan deficit spending. Inflation is wiping out wage gains, deficit spending is mortgaging our children’s future, and Democrats need to take responsibility and be held accountable for adding trillions of dollars more to our national debt.”
Congress has until the end of Thursday, Sept. 30, to pass a funding bill. If not, the federal government will run out of money and face a shutdown the following day.