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U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. February 8, 2019. The plan moving through the House would link a procedure to raise the debt ceiling to a bill to prevent automatic Medicare cuts. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)

Republicans and Democrats in Congress have agreed on a plan to break a partisan impasse and raise the government’s debt ceiling.

“I think this is in the best interests of the country,” Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell said of the deal he struck with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on a procedural maneuver that would increase the debt limit with only Democratic votes.

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