House passes measure clearing way for Democrats to raise debt limit

The House passed legislation late Tuesday that will pave the way for Democrats to unilaterally raise the nation’s borrowing limit.

The measure authorizes fast-track consideration of a debt ceiling increase bill and will allow it to pass the Senate later this month with only 51 votes instead of the usual 60 votes.

The House passed the bill following weeks of negotiations in the Senate, where Republicans have refused to support a long-term increase in the debt limit.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said he agreed to the
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