The Canadian PressFebruary 13, 2014 19:47
WASHINGTON - Financial markets were watching, the retirement accounts of millions of Americans on the line.
Nervous senators were watching too, well aware that political fortunes could be on the line.
So on perhaps the most important vote of the year, the Senate did something extraordinary this week.
As lawmakers voted Wednesday on must-pass legislation to increase the government's debt limit, the Senate dropped the parliamentary equivalent of a curtain on the voting until its outcome was assured.