WASHINGTON Jan 31 The U.S. Senate on Thursday
gave final Congressional approval to a bill allowing the
government to borrow money beyond its record $16.4 trillion
record debt limit, clearing the way for President Barack Obama
to sign it into law.
The Democratic-led Senate passed the bill, 64-34, a week
after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives
approved it, 285-144.
The measure is designed to postpone for at least a few
months another big showdown in a sharply divided Washington on
spending cuts and tax hikes.