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House approves short-term debt ceiling fix, measure goes to Senate [message #34423] Thu, 24 January 2013 09:48
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The House on Wednesday approved a short-term debt ceiling fix that would extend the country's borrowing authority until May while also applying a controversial provision that would suspend lawmakers' pay if they don't pass a budget by April.

The measure, if approved by the Senate, would buy lawmakers some breathing room to hammer out details for a more permanent solution.

The bill passed on a 285-144 vote, with 86 Democrats supporting it and 33 Republicans opposing.

The Democratic-controlled Senate is expected to approve the debt bill quickly. The White House welcomed the legislation rather than face the threat of a first-ever default at the dawn of the president's second term in the White House, and spokesman Jay Carney pointedly noted a "fundamental change" in strategy by the GOP.

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