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McConnell Says the GOP Will Vote for the U.S. to Default on Its Debt

They voted in favor of three debt limit increases under Trump

As the White House stressed the urgency of raising the debt ceiling to avoid a government default, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday that the House would pass legislation to fund the government that includes a debt-limit suspension through the end of next year.

It was a dare to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who would need to lend 10 Republican votes for it to avert the filibuster and clear the Senate. The Kentucky Republican was unfazed.

"We will not support legislation that raises the debt limit," McConnell said after Pelosi and Schumer's announcement. "Democrats do not need our help."

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