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Meanwhile on Tuesday, Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, tried to stop the increase to the debt limit with a rarely used procedural tool that could stall the process.

He broke his pending amendment into seventeen pieces, a procedure called a “clay pigeon.” It could require a vote on each piece of the amendment, potentially stalling a final vote on the debt-limit increase.

“What these amendments are designed to do is to get us doing what every American family is doing today — and that’s start to make some of the hard choices about where we have excess, where we have inefficiency, where we have duplication, and eliminate it,” Mr. Coburn said on the Senate floor.