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US Senate looks to clear debt limit bill for Obama
Senate looks to clear 'clean' debt limit bill for Obama's signature
By ANDREW TAYLOR
Associated Press
2014-02-13 03:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Congress appears on track to send President Barack Obama must-do legislation to extend Treasury's borrowing authority without any concessions from the White House.

Senate leaders hoped to schedule a vote Wednesday before an expected snowstorm hits the U.S. capital. The Republican-controlled House passed the measure Tuesday, with Republicans supplying only a handful of votes.

The measure would permit the Treasury Department to borrow normally for another 13 months and then reset the government's borrowing cap, currently set at $17.2 trillion, after that.

Quick action on the debt limit bill stands in contrast to lengthy showdowns in 2012 and 2013 when Republicans sought to use the must-pass measure as leverage to win concessions from Obama. They've been less confrontational after October's 16-day partial government shutdown sent Republican poll numbers skidding.

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