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Suspension of US debt limit wins final congressional approval

Published on Feb 1, 2013 6:17 AM
 
In this Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013, file photo, the dome of the Capitol is reflected in a skylight of the Capitol Visitor's Center in Washington. A bill allowing the United States (US) government to borrow money beyond its record US$16.4 trillion (S$20.3 trillion) debt limit won final congressional approval on Thursday, clearing the way for President Barack Obama to sign it into law. -- PHOTO : AP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - A bill allowing the United States (US) government to borrow money beyond its record US$16.4 trillion (S$20.3 trillion) debt limit won final congressional approval on Thursday, clearing the way for President Barack Obama to sign it into law.

The Democratic-led Senate passed the bill, 64-34, a week after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved it, 285-144.

The legislation would put off for at least a few months a showdown over the debt limit between Republicans who demand more spending cuts to shrink deficits and Democrats who favour reducing deficits with a combination of spending cuts and tax hikes.

Several other potential budget skirmishes are likely over the next five weeks.

 
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