McConnell pulled a majority of Senate Republicans across the line to support the deal Trump endorsed. Photo: Jim Lo ScalzoO/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock It was an unsurprising outcome, but since Mitch McConnell held up the vote for days to ensure a majority of Republicans (unlike their House counterparts) voted for it, the 67–28 vote to clear a budget/debt-limit deal negotiated by Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin gave a bipartisan stamp of approval to a measure that made some people on both sides of the partisan barricades nervous. It doesn’t completely eliminate the possibility of a spending fight or even a partial government shutdown in the fall; specific appropriations bills, including one for Homeland Security that could trigger another clash over border-wall funding, still have to be worked out. But it does significantly reduce the odds of an autumn battle while taking the far more dangerous prospect of a debt-limit default off the table until mid-2021. House Democrats supplied the bulk of the support for the deal in that chamber, but in the end, 30 Senate Republicans joined 37 Senate Democrats in pushing it along to Trump for his signature. Republican opponents included a lot of noisy conservatives like Rand Paul, Mike… Read full this story
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