Democrats in the U.S. Senate are navigating toward a vote next week on a bill to raise Washington’s borrowing authority and temporarily fund government agencies, No. 2 Senate Democrat Dick Durbin said on Wednesday.
Durbin, speaking to reporters, did not say what Senate Democrats would do next if Republicans, as expected, block that bill, which passed the House of Representatives late on Tuesday.
A procedural motion to bring the House-passed bill onto the Senate floor is expected sometime next week, Durbin said.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and many of his 49 colleagues have vowed to withhold their votes for that bill, which would mean that it likely would fall short of the 60 needed to clear the procedural hurdle.