As it happened: US debt deal

Key points

  • The US Senate and House of Representatives passed a last-gasp, cross-party deal to raise the debt limit and reopen the government
  • Before signing the bill into law, President Barack Obama said: 'We've got to get out of the habit of governing by crisis'
  • The US had to raise its $16.7tn (£10.5tn) debt limit by Thursday or risk default - All times Eastern US (GMT -4)

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  • Tom Geoghegan 
  • Jude Sheerin 
  • Jasmine Coleman 

Last updated 17 October 2013

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