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Senate Passes Bill to Raise the Debt Ceiling

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A supermajority of the Senate voted on Thursday to pass a short-term measure to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government for an additional three months. The bipartisan effort, led largely by negotiations between Senate Democrats and President Donald Trump, includes $15 billion in disaster aid alongside an extension in government funding through December 8th.

Some Senate Republicans condemned the bill for not including a measure to reduce federal spending alongside its increase of the federal borrowing limit, while others, like Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), believe it's too shortsighted. Senators who voted against the bill include John McCain (R-Arizona), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), and Rand Paul (R-Kentucky).

The bill will now move to the House of Representatives, which could reportedly vote on it as early as Thursday night.

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