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Senate Passes Debt Limit Bill for President Obama

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Must-pass legislation to allow the government to borrow money to pay its bills has cleared Congress for President Barack Obama's signature.
 
The Senate approved the measure by a near party-line 55-43 vote. All of the "aye" votes came from Obama's Democratic allies. 
 
But the vote to pass the measure was anticlimactic after a dramatic 67-31 tally -- held open for more than an hour -- in which the measure cleared a filibuster hurdle insisted on by tea party Republican Ted Cruz of Texas. 
 
The Senate's top two Republicans -- both facing tea party challenges in their GOP primaries this year -- provided crucial momentum after a group of Republicans were clearly reluctant to walk the plank. Several other Republicans then switched their votes in solidarity.  (AP)

U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) today voted against a measure that would suspend the debt limit for one year.

"Our nation is facing $17 trillion in debt with nothing but more spending in our future. Yet again, Congress is raising the limit on our nation's credit card without making any attempt to prevent doing so again in the near future. Congress cannot continue to consistently increase our nation's debt without any conditions or any effort to become fiscally responsible.

"Washington D.C. must not turn a blind eye to the consequences that runaway debt poses for our nation. Moving forward, Congress must enact a long-term solution that addresses our nation's spending problem and places our country on the path to economic stability."

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