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Debt-limit bill passed, on its way to Obama


WASHINGTON — The Senate emphatically passed emergency legislation today to avoid a first-ever government default, rushing the legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature just hours before the deadline. The vote was 74-26.

Obama planned to sign the bill promptly and also was making remarks at the White House.

Today's vote capped an extraordinarily difficult Washington battle pitting tea party Republican forces in the House against Obama and Democrats controlling the Senate. The resulting compromise paired an essential increase in the government's borrowing cap with promises o...

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