January 23, 2013 / 6:51 PM / in 5 years

White House welcomes U.S. House vote to extend debt limit

WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) - White House spokesman Jay Carney on Wednesday welcomed a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives that passed an extension of borrowing authority under the federal debt limit.

Carney reiterated that the Obama administration would have preferred a longer extension to avoid continued uncertainty over the issue.

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