U.S. Senate passes bill to avoid default, reopen government

WASHINGTON Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:08pm EDT

WASHINGTON Oct 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate, racing to avert a government default, on Wednesday passed legislation raising the Treasury Department's borrowing authority and sent the measure to the House of Representatives for final passage.

The legislation also would end a partial government shutdown by providing new funds for federal agencies that have been closed since Oct. 1.