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House votes to avert government shutdown and default. Senate Republicans are united in opposition

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Here they go again: A government shutdown is coming after funding expires on September 30, unless Congress extends funding. House Democrats passed a bill Tuesday to do just that, and to suspend the debt limit until December 16, 2022. As a bonus, the House bill, which passed 220 to 211, includes $28.6 billion in disaster relief funding and $6.3 billion to help Afghanistan evacuees.

Senate Republicans are determined to block it. Because of course they are. Senate Republicans want the nation to suffer and fail if they think it will gain them a tiny shred of partisan advantage.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced that Republicans are “united in opposition to raising the debt ceiling.” That would mean they are united in opposition to allowing the United States of America to pay its bills, forcing it instead to default. Republicans blocking a debt limit suspension could send the U.S. into a deep recession, killing six million jobs and nearly doubling the unemployment rate, according to one study. Except Republicans aren’t united in opposition to raising the debt ceiling, they’re united in opposition to Republicans voting to raise the debt ceiling. They want this to happen, it’s just that McConnell is trying to make Democrats raise the debt........

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