Senate Likely To Act First On Debt Deal

AP

The Senate is expected to act first on a deal struck by leaders to avert default and re-open the government, Democratic leadership aides said Wednesday.

The chamber “will likely vote in the late afternoon/early evening,” emailed one aide. Then it’ll go to the House, where Republican leaders have signaled they’ll bring up the bill for a vote.

Arch-conservative Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) cleared the way for speedy passage in the otherwise slow chamber by signaling they won’t filibuster or stall.

“There’s nothing to be gained from delaying this vote one day or two days,” Cruz told reporters. “The outcome will be the same.”

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