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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, with Republican Senators John Barrasso (left) and John Thune (right), arrives to speak to reporters after the Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.cC) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Senate leaders face-off in fight over debt ceiling

The debate has heated up in the upper chamber as senators from both sides sparred over the debt ceiling. On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took aim at one another amid the battle over who had control over the U.S. economy.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters following a Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Congress is currently working to pass a government spending bill, an infrastructure package and an increase to the debt limit. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

McConnell urges Biden to get Democrats to raise debt ceiling on their own

Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) urged Joe Biden to directly appeal with congressional Democrats to raise the debt ceiling themselves. In a letter to Biden on Monday, McConnell warned Democrats were “sleepwalking” toward unavoidable danger because of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) months of inaction.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the debt ceiling during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden blames GOP, Trump for debt ceiling situation

Joe Biden has continued to shift blame as the U.S. teeters on the brink of an economic catastrophe. While speaking from the White House Monday, he made his case for raising the debt ceiling by blaming 45th President Donald Trump as well as Republicans for spending too much and playing procedural games.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) (left) passes Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) (right) at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Sens. Schumer and Manchin sign secret deal

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) reportedly made an agreement with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) for a smaller reconciliation infrastructure package. The agreement signed with the West Virginia senator stated debates on the shrunken bill would begin no earlier than Friday. 

In this Sept. 24, 2021 photo, President Joe Biden listens during the Quad summit in the East Room of the White House. President Joe Biden's popularity has slumped — with half of Americans now approving and half disapproving of his leadership. That's according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden signs bill avoiding government shutdown

Joe Biden signed the stopgap bill, in turn, avoiding a government shutdown. The legislation reached Biden’s desk just hours before the shutdown deadline Thursday night. Government programs and agencies will now be funded through December 3.