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McConnell, Cornyn Vote To Advance Clean Debt Limit Hike

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The outcome was up in the air and the vote was held open for about an hour. McConnell and Cornyn's decision to vote 'yes' swayed some GOP senators to switch their votes and made sure the motion crossed the 60-vote threshold.

The success of the cloture vote effectively guaranteed passage of the bill. The final vote, at a threshold of 51, began immediately after.

McConnell and Cornyn both voted against the actual bill, which passed 55-43 with Democratic votes.