Senate GOP blocks bill that would fund government and suspend debt limit, as time runs short to avoid shutdown and default

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, speaks during a news conference following Senate Republican policy luncheons at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021.Stefani Reynolds | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesCongress is running out of time to prevent a shutdown and a default.Senate Republicans on Monday blocked a bill that would fund the government and suspend the U.S. debt ceiling, leaving Democrats scrambling to avoid a possible economic calamity.The House-passed legislation would have funded the government into December and suspended the U.S. debt ceiling into December of next year, after the midterm congressional elections.Lawmakers need to approve government funding before Friday to avoid a shutdown. The U.S. risks default if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling by a point that is likely to come in October, according to the Treasury Department.After every House Republican opposed the measure, the Senate GOP also refused t
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