Congress has found a shortcut to pass its annual defense funding bill and raise the debt limit.
Running news: The House voted Tuesday night on two major bills – one to create a one-time, fast-track process to raise the debt limit with only 51 votes for the Senate and another to pass its annual defense bill.
- These are two big laws that are now expected to pass easily, and should face little pushback once they reach the Senate.
- It’s also a major victory for congressional leaders, as most in the Capitol expected the process to be brutal and messy.
description: On Tuesday, the House passed a package that would delay Medicare sequestration cuts. There is a one-time provision contained in the bill that allows the Senate to raise the debt limit with only a simple majority vote.
- The measure, set to pass in the House, requires 60 votes to be passed in the Senate.
- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is confident that at least 10 Republicans will vote for the accelerated process (more on that later).
- The measure requires that Democrats specify the dollar amount by which they want to raise the limit, and the accelerated process will end after January 16, 2022.
- The Senate is expected to pass the procedure bill later this week. If Republicans stay in line, Democrats could vote on raising the debt limit later this week or early next week.
house too Passed National Defense Authorization Act.
- Leadership aides tell Nerdshala that the vote should be “locked in” for both houses, with Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees negotiating and signing compromise legislation.
- Unlike the typical amendment process for passing the NDAA, senior Senate aides said there would be no amendment vote this time.
- The decision comes after Senate leaders failed to reach an agreement on amendment votes last week, following Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) refusing to support the package without a vote on his Uighur forced labor bill. done.
Editor’s note: This article has been corrected to reflect that Sen. Mitch McConnell is Senate Minority Leader, not Majority Leader. It has also been updated to reflect the House passing both bills on Tuesday night.