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The Wall Street Journal: Republicans block the latest effort by Democrats to advance debt-ceiling bill

WASHINGTON—Republicans blocked an effort by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) to raise the debt limit without any Republican votes, extending a high-stakes showdown in the Senate.

Mr. Schumer, whose caucus holds 50 seats in the 100-person Senate, sought the unanimous consent of the Senate to bypass the 60-vote threshold required of most legislation and advance to a final vote. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) objected to the Democrats’ plan.

“We’re just asking Republicans: Get out of the way,” Mr. Schumer said. “We can bring this to a resolution today.”

Mr. McConnell responded that Republicans won’t “help Democrats conserve their time and energy so they can resume ramming through partisan socialism as fast as possible,” referring to President Biden’s multitrillion-dollar agenda currently being debated in Congress.

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