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McConnell Says Republicans Will not Block a Debt Limit Extension into December

Lawmakers have until Oct. 18 to lift the ceiling and avoid a default

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he will not block a debt limit extension into December, making an offer to temporarily end a partisan standoff just 12 days before the government's deadline to avert default.

McConnell announced Wednesday that Republicans will not filibuster an extension of the debt limit "into December" as long as Democrats put a dollar amount on the increase, giving them more time to enact a long-term solution on their own. The statement from McConnell would appear to offer a short-term fix as the nation faces an Oct. 18 deadline to lift the limit.

"This will moot Democrats' excuses about the time crunch they created and give the unified Democratic government more than enough time to pass stand-alone debt limit legislation through reconciliation," said McConnell in a statement.

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