WASHINGTON – Republicans in the U.S. Senate slammed the brakes on a bill that suspends the nation’s debt limit and avoids a government shutdown.
Monday’s vote on the House-passed bill was blocked in the senate by a 48-to-50 tally.
Democrats needed 10 Senate Republicans to advance the bill and Republicans have repeatedly said Democrats have to address the debt limit on their own.
The blocking of the vote means Congressional Democratic leaders now have to come up with an alternative plan, and the clock is ticking.
Government funding expires on Thursday and as of now, there’s been no word of a plan B.