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Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Former Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), who retired this year after 24 years in the Senate, died at age 77 after suffering serious injuries in a bicycle accident, AP reports.

The big picture: Though he ranked as one of the most conservative members of the Senate, Enzi had a reputation as a consensus builder and served as the chairman of both the Budget Committee and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

  • “Nothing gets done when we’re just telling each other how wrong we are,” Enzi said in his farewell Senate address last year. “Just ask yourself: Has anyone ever really changed your opinion by getting in your face and yelling at you or saying to you how wrong you are? Usually that doesn’t change hearts or minds.”
  • Enzi was succeeded by Sen. Cynthia Lummis, a former congresswoman and Wyoming state treasurer.

What they're saying: “Mike’s colleagues on both sides of the aisle were sorry enough to see him depart the chamber and begin his well-earned next chapter just a few months ago,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in remarks on Monday, as news broke of Enzi's hospitalization.

  • "Mike and Diana were a fantastic Senate couple in every respect — from the major legislative accomplishments, to the generosity and kindness they showed to everyone from Senate staff to the pages."

Go deeper: Read an AP obituary

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Oct 8, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Senate passes temporary debt ceiling deal

Reporters speak with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer before he announced a debt deal on Thursday. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Senate voted 50-48 on Thursday night, passing an agreement to raise the federal debt limit by $480 billion through Dec. 3. The bill now goes to the House, where there is a clear Democratic majority.

Why it matters: The deal, struck early Thursday by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), would avert the threat of the U.S. defaulting on its debt as of Oct. 18. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen had warned that unprecedented move could trigger a recession and have global ramifications.

Senate reaches agreement to raise debt ceiling through early December

Sen. Chuck Schumer, Oct. 6. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Thursday that Senate Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement to extend the debt ceiling through early December.

Driving the news: The agreement is to raise the limit by $480 billion, which is what Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says is needed to get to Dec. 3, a Senate leadership aide told Axios.

Oct 8, 2021 - Politics & Policy

No one likes the debt deal

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell walks though the Capitol on Thursday. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

The leaders of the Senate were happy Thursday with their deal to avoid a debt default. They were about the only ones.

Why it matters: The Band-Aid does nothing to solve the debt ceiling problem long term for Americans. Democrats fear it only kicks the can down the road to a very busy December. Republicans, meanwhile, are mad their party blinked.