GOP tries to block votes on McConnell debt deal

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Senate Republicans are working on Wednesday to lock in votes in their conference to pave the way for bypassing the filibuster in a debt ceiling vote.

As part of the deal, the Senate will take a first vote on Thursday on a bill that prevents cuts to medicare and gives the green light to a single filibuster exemption for a bill on the debt ceiling.

At least 10 GOP senators will be needed to secure legislation that makes it easier for the Senate to vote the debt ceiling by simple majority.

The GOP leadership is confident that it will be able to round off the votes.

But they are not there yet. When asked if he said they currently had 10 GOP “yes” votes locked or they would have 10 GOP votes by the time the voting started, Thune joked, laughing, “Well, that is. is the same, isn’t it? ”

Eleven GOP senators have already helped push for a rise in short-term debt in early October. But GOP leaders will not be able to rely on exactly the same mix of Republicans.

Head of the GOP in the Senate Mitch mcconnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSchumer Hosts Thursday’s Key Debt Deal Vote House Approves Bill to Facilitate Passage of Debt Ceiling Increase Senate rejects attempt to block sale of debt Saudi arms of Biden PLUS (R-Ky.), John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneHouse Endorses Bill to Facilitate Passage of Raised Debt Limit (RS.D.), Senator 2 of the GOP, Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntHouse Endorses Bill to Facilitate Passage of Higher Debt Limit McConnell Faces GOP Pullback on Debt Deal McConnell ‘Confident’ 10 GOP Senators Will Support Deal on debt PLUS (R-Mo.), Senator No. 4 of the GOP, and John cornynJohn CornynHouse Endorses Bill To Facilitate Passage Of Debt Limit Hike McConnell Faces GOP Denial On Debt Deal Senate Leaders Face Denial To Tie The Fight against debt to defense bill PLUS (R-Texas), a close ally of McConnell, are expected to support the procedural bill.

But the senator Jean BarrassoJohn Anthony Barrasso Congress Avoids Shutdown After Vaccine Mandate Fight Sunday Shows – Spotlight Shifts to Omicron Variant Barrasso Calls Biden’s Agenda the Logic “Alice in Wonderland”: “He’s the Mad Hatter ” MORE (R-Wyo.), Republican No. 3 in the Senate, has yet to say how he will vote. He was one of 11 GOP senators who helped push the debt hike forward in October.

Sense. Shelley moore capitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoOvernight Energy & Environment – Brought to you by ExxonMobil – Biden May Get Stay With Lower Gas Price McConnell Faces GOP Pullback on Debt Deal Stabenow Calls for Expansion of Debt Services mental health in PLUS schools (RW.Va.) and Rob portmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanHillicon Valley – Brought to you by the Connected Commerce Council – Incident reporting language not included Language forcing companies to report cyber attacks not included in the Defense Bill GOP is stepping up attacks against provision of SALT PLUS deduction (R-Ohio), who both voted “yes” in October, are also moms. Portman said he had not decided, while Capito said she was waiting for the vote to make her position known.

“I’ll just wait and see what happens tomorrow. … I made the decision, ”Capito said.

When asked if she was waiting to see if the leadership needed her vote, Capito added, “No, no, no.”

Sense. Richard shelbyRichard Craig ShelbyHouse Endorses Bill to Facilitate Passage of Higher Debt Limit McConnell Faces GOP Pullback on Debt Deal Senate leaders face refusal to bind fight against debt to defense bill PLUS (R-Ala.) And Mike RondeMike RoundsHouse Endorses Bill To Facilitate Passage Of Debt Limit Hike McConnell Faces GOP Denial On Debt Deal Senate Leaders Face Denial To Tie The Fight against debt to defense bill PLUS (RS.D.), who were also among 11 GOP senators who helped in October, said they would vote no on Thursday or incline to vote no, respectively.

Republicans initially expressed hope on Tuesday that tying the rule establishing simple majority voting on debt to preventing cuts in medicare could help them build support for the Republican Senate caucus.

But GOP leadership predicted on Wednesday that that won’t move the needle too much and that the number of GOP senators who help move the debt deal forward on Thursday will be close to the same number as in October.

“Whether it’s additive or not in terms of total votes, hard to say. If so, just slightly. I don’t think there will be a big impact,” he said.

A second GOP senator predicted that the number of GOP “yes” votes would not reach the threshold of adolescence, but the medicare issue could win them over an additional handful.

There are Republicans outside of the 11 GOP senators who helped push the October debt hike forward who are seen as potential “yes” votes on Thursday.

Senator Roger osierRoger Frederick Wicker Hillicon Valley – Chinese disinformation accounts suppressed GOP resistance to candidate Biden FCC could endanger Democratic majority on council (R-Miss.), Who voted no in early October but is seen as a potential vote for Thursday’s vote and told reporters on Tuesday that “we are moving in the right direction.”

Senator Thom tillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisGOP Blocks Bill to Expand Gun Background Checks After Michigan School Shooting Overnight Defense & National Security – New Plan to Treat Marines “Like Humans” Republicans pressure Milley over perceived progressive military agenda MORE (RN.C.) said he was continuing his study, but believed he was achieving the same goal as reconciliation as it forces Democrats to ultimately raise the debt ceiling on their own and to a certain number.

“I feel like we’ve found something very similar to what we were talking about earlier this summer in terms of reconciliation,” Tillis said.

Thune said leaders were looking past October’s 11 “yes” votes as they gathered support for Thursday’s vote.

“There are different combinations than what we saw last time around,” he said.

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