Senate clears debt limit measure for Obama

February 12, 2014 • National News

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, as senators go to the chamber for a vote to extend the Treasury’s borrowing authority. Setting the vote in motion was one of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell’s Republican colleagues, Cruz, the tea party darling who has caused heartburn for his GOP colleagues in his year in the Senate. Cruz insisted on a 60-vote threshold for the Senate to proceed to legislation to allow the government to borrow money to pay its bills. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to raise the federal debt limit and prevent a crippling government default cleared Congress on Wednesday with an awkward assist from top Senate Republican leaders who were forced into a politically treacherous vote engineered by tea party favorite Ted Cruz.

The Texas Republican’s maneuver forced several GOP colleagues, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, into a reluctant vote against a Login to read more

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