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House approves GOP bill extending debt limit

Friday, July 29, 2011 | 5:36 p.m. CDT; updated 6:14 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 29, 2011

WASHINGTON — Republicans have muscled through legislation to extend the government's borrowing authority and cut spending through the House over solid Democratic opposition.

The 218-210 vote sets up a confrontation with the Democratic-controlled Senate and President Barack Obama, who say the GOP-written measure will die in the Senate. They say the bill would wreak economic havoc because it would force lawmakers to vote on another extension of the debt ceiling early next year, in the heat of presidential and congressional campaigns.

Administration officials say Congress must find a compromise to raise the debt ceiling by Tuesday, or the government will run out of cash to pay its bills. That could prompt an unprecedented federal default, which could rattle the economy with shocks such as higher interest rates.

 


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