Senate passes debt limit bill

Senate passes debt limit bill

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The US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 2, 2013, on the day after a compromise bill passed the US Congress, avoiding the "fiscal cliff." The agreement raises taxes on the rich and puts off automatic $109 billion federal budget cuts for two months. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on February 12, 2014 at 3:35 PM

By ANDREW TAYLOR  /  Associated Press

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- Must-pass legislation to allow the government to borrow money to pay its bills has cleared Congress for President Barack Obama's signature.
 
   The Senate approved the measure by a near party-line 55-43 vote. All of the "aye" votes came from Obama's Democratic allies.
 
   But the vote to pass the measure was anticlimactic after a dramatic 67-31 tally -- held open for more than an hour -- in which the measure cleared a filibuster hurdle insisted on by tea party Republican Ted Cruz of Texas.
 
   The Senate's top two Republicans -- both facing tea party challenges in their GOP primaries this year -- provided crucial momentum after a group of Republicans were clearly reluctant to walk the plank. Several other Republicans then switched their votes in solidarity.
 

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