On Thursday, 11 Republican senators sided with democrats, ignoring Donald Trump’s call to block a procedural motion for a short-term extension of the debt limit. The vote passed 61-38, with one vote in excess of the 60 votes required under US Senate rules to break the filibuster.
In the end, the final vote was 50-48, with the debt limit being extended entirely by Democrats.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced on Thursday afternoon that there was a deal that would delay the prospective default until the first week in December.
Both Trump and his GOP allies slammed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for agreeing to the short-term extension.
Shortly before the vote, Trump put out a statement urging Republicans to block the deal.
“Republican Senators, do not vote for this terrible deal being pushed by folding Mitch McConnell. Stand strong for our Country. The American people are with you!” Trump said.
Donald Trump is urging senators to vote against Mitch McConnell's debt ceiling deal.
This is a great way to show that Mitch McConnell has more influence over his caucus than Trump does. pic.twitter.com/jtCL96xlT7
— Daniel Strauss (@DanielStrauss4) October 7, 2021
The 11 Rs joining all 50 members of Dem caucus, group'd:
Friend of Thune/MM:
* Blunt qualifies as leader/retiree.
— Paul Kane (@pkcapitol) October 8, 2021
U.S. Senate votes 50-48 to raise the debt limit by $480 billion through December 3.
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 8, 2021
President Biden "looks forward to signing legislation to raise the debt limit when it is passed by Congress," @KJP46 says, in a statement.
— David Gura (@davidgura) October 7, 2021