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McConnell 'confident' 10 GOP senators will back debt deal

Added 12-07-21 03:57:02pm EST - “Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that he's "confident" that enough Republicans will back a deal that paves the way for raising the debt ceiling by a simple majority.” - Thehill.com

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Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDole in final column: 'Too many of us have sacrificed too much' Schumer steps on the gas to move Biden agenda Hoyer says Dec. 15 is drop-dead deadline to hike debt ceiling MORE (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that he’s “confident” that enough Republicans will back a deal that paves the way for raising the debt ceiling by a simple majority.

“We’ll be voting on it Thursday and I’m confident that this particular procedure, coupled with the avoidance of Medicare cuts, will achieve enough Republican support to clear the 60 vote threshold,” McConnell said.

Under the deal, at least 10 Republicans will need to help advance a bill that blocks Medicare cuts and lays out the instructions for taking up another bill to raise the debt ceiling by a simple majority.

Democrats would then have to pass the bill to raise the debt ceiling by a specific number on their own.

Sens. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress avoids shutdown Senate dodges initial December crisis with last-minute deal Congress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight MORE (R-S.D.) and Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP senators introduce bill targeting Palestinian 'martyr payments' Senate leaders face pushback on tying debt fight to defense bill Senate eyes plan B amid defense bill standoff MORE (R-Mo.), the No. 2 and No. 4 GOP senators respectively, both predicted Republicans would help advance the bill that lays out the instructions for the debt ceiling.

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