US debt ceiling: Congress passes US debt bill
The US Congress has passed a bill to reopen the government and raise the federal debt limit, with hours to spare before the nation risked default.
The Democratic-controlled Senate's bipartisan compromise won approval by 81 votes to 18.
The bill was then passed by 285-144 in the House of Representatives, whose Republican leadership begrudgingly agreed to support the measure.
Katy Watson reports.
17 Oct 2013
- From the section US & Canada