(CNN) -- The Senate on Saturday defeated a procedural move by majority Democrats to bring up a "clean" debt limit bill. The measure would have extended the debt limit through 2014. The vote was 53-45 -- it needed 60 votes to pass. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney issued a statement, saying, "It is unfortunate that the common sense, clean debt limit increase proposed by Senate Democrats was refused a yes or no vote today. This bill would have taken the threat of default off the table, and given our nation's businesses and the economy the certainty we need."