WASHINGTON (AP) - Must-pass legislation to allow the government to borrow money to pay its bills is on the brink or clearing Congress for President Barack Obama's signature.
Senate passage of the measure is guaranteed after the chamber voted 67-31 to advance the legislation over a filibuster hurdle insisted upon by Texas Republican Ted Cruz that forced reluctant Republicans to vote to advance the legislation. A final vote is underway.
The measure appeared in danger until the Senate's top two Republicans - each facing a tea party challenge - cast aye votes. Several other Republicans then switched their votes to yes in solidarity.
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