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Senate passes short-term debt ceiling bill

Senate passes short-term debt ceiling bill after 11 GOP senators voted to end the filibuster.

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The short-term debt ceiling bill has passed in the senate after days of debate. The bill shifts the debt limit deadline to December, when another vote will be required.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Thursday on the Senate floor that Democrats and Republicans had reached a temporary agreement to keep the US from defaulting on its debt until the new December deadline.

The vote comes less than two weeks before the October 18 deadline.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell say they have a deal to avoid the immediate threat of default by shifting the debt limit deadline to early December.

11 GOP votes ended the filibuster and advanced the short-term bill. Ten GOP votes were needed to end the filibuster.

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