Senate Approves Debt Ceiling Deal
The Senate passed the debt ceiling deal in a 63-36 vote late Thursday, sending it to President Joe Biden's desk with days to spare before the nation defaults on its debt.
The Details: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and some other defense hawks had threatened to stall the bill if Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) didn't commit to a supplemental defense funding bill, which Schumer then did. Eleven amendments proposed Thursday all failed.
Key Quotes: Schumer said while "of course nobody got everything they wanted," the bill "prevented a catastrophic default that would have decimated our economy."
What the Deal Does: The legislation would raise the debt ceiling until 2025, increase work requirements on some federal safety net programs, advance a key pipeline project, revoke some IRS funding passed by Democrats last year, and establish two years of budget caps. While some Republicans opposed military spending caps, some Democrats opposed the pipeline projects and new safety net work requirements.
How the Media Covered It: Sources across the spectrum focused on the last-minute drama over defense spending and amendments, but differed in framing the bipartisan vote as a praiseworthy point of agreement or merely the lesser of two evils. Politico (Lean Left bias) highlighted how the bill received "a decent showing of bipartisan support in both chambers." Wall Street Journal (Center) said the vote "reflected support from both Democrats and Republicans." Washington Examiner (Lean Right) said members of both major parties "were unhappy with the overall agreement."
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