Senate reaches agreement to raise debt ceiling through early December

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Thursday that Senate Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement to extend the debt ceiling through early December.

Driving the news: The agreement is to raise the limit by $480 billion, which is what Yellen says is needed to get to Dec. 3, a Senate leadership aide told Axios.

Why it matters: The agreement comes less than two weeks before Oct. 18, the date Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen warned that the U.S. would default on its debt.

What they’re saying: “We have reached agreement to extend the debt ceiling through early December, and it’s our hope we can get this done as soon as today,” Schumer said on the Senate floor.

The big picture: Schumer’s announcement comes less than one day after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) offered Democrats a deal to avoid a government default.

McConnell’s proposal detailed two options, including the short-term debt limit increase through December, Axios’ Alayna Treene reports.The other proposal was to fast-track the suspension of the debt limit using the budget reconciliation process, which Democrats have generally opposed.McConnell said in a statement Wednesday: “We have already made it clear we would assist in expediting the [budget] reconciliation process for stand-alone debt-limit legislation.”

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new details throughout.

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