- The Senate voted Thursday on a measure that will allow Democrats to raise the debt ceiling.
- Sen. Mitch McConnell struck a deal with Democrats to pass the measure in order to avoid default.
- Fourteen Republicans voted with Democrats, despite Trump harshly criticizing the deal and McConnell.
Fourteen Republican senators voted Thursday in favor of a maneuver that will allow Democrats to raise the debt limit without any GOP support, despite harsh protests from former President Donald Trump.
The move will help the US pay its bills and avoid a debt default that was expected to occur next week. The vote came after a deal was brokered by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York.
Trump lambasted the deal and McConnell earlier this week.
“So Mitch McConnell has the greatest hand, the greatest, the best, this is such an easy negotiation to kill the Build Back Worse plan of Biden, which is going to destroy our country permanently,” Trump said on a conservative talk show. “And we have a thing called the debt ceiling,” he added. “And this morning, I hear he gave it up. He gave it up for practically nothing. He could have used the debt ceiling card.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham also warned his colleagues about going along with it, saying the GOP had been “shot in the back” with the deal and that those who do will have to deal with Trump’s wrath.
Here are the 14 Republican senators who ignored Trump and Graham and voted with all Democrats in favor of the measure:
- Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
- Joni Ernst of Iowa
- Mitch McConnell of Kentucky
- Susan Collins of Maine
- Roger Wicker of Mississippi
- Roy Blunt of Missouri
- Thom Tillis of North Carolina
- Richard Burr of North Carolina
- Rob Portman of Ohio
- John Thune of South Dakota
- John Cornyn of Texas
- Mitt Romney of Utah
- Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia
- John Barrasso of Wyoming