Senate votes to raise US debt ceiling, bill goes to House

United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, speaks to the media as Senator Charles Schumer (left), a Democrat from New York, looks on after reaching an agreement to end the government shutdown at the US Capitol in Washing
United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, speaks to the media as Senator Charles Schumer (left), a Democrat from New York, looks on after reaching an agreement to end the government shutdown at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Oct 16, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP  

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Following several tense days of fiscal negotiations, the US Senate approved a measure on Wednesday that ends the US government shutdown and raises the nation's debt ceiling.

The bill, which passed 81-18 with broad bipartisan support, now heads to the House of Representatives - less than four hours before the October 17 deadline when the US Treasury could start running out of money to fund its obligations.