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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn fell on their swords for Republicans Wednesday, casting the votes necessary to advance legislation to raise the debt limit without any conditions, votes that could put them in precarious positions politically in their re-election campaigns.

The House voted Tuesday to raise the debt ceiling without any strings attached, over the objections of a majority of Republicans. Just 28 Republicans voted for the bill, and it got a poor reception with conservative groups, a number of whom called for Speaker of the House John Boehner to resign.