Senate votes to raise U.S. debt ceiling and end federal shutdown

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 20:35 EDT
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Senate Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid speaks on Capitol Hill (AFP)
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Following several tense days of fiscal negotiations, the U.S. Senate approved a measure that ends the U.S. 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.

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