Emergency fiscal bill clears procedural hurdle in US Senate

Emergency fiscal bill clears procedural hurdle in US Senate

WASHINGTON - Following several tense days of fiscal negotiations, the US Senate approved a measure on Wednesday that ends the US government shutdown and raises the nation's debt ceiling.

The bill, which passed 81-18 with broad bipartisan support, now heads to the House of Representatives - less than four hours before the October 17 deadline when the US Treasury could start running out of money to fund its obligations.

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