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U.S. Senate passes bill to avert government default

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: By a vote of 81 to 18 the U.S. Senate passed a bill to avert government default and sent the measure to the House of Representatives. U.S. Senate leaders announced a deal on Wednesday to end a political crisis that partially shut down the federal government and brought the world's biggest economy close to a debt default that could have threatened global financial calamity. The deal, however, offers only a temporary fix and does not resolve the fundamental issues of spending and deficits that divide Republicans and Democrats. It funds the government until January 15, so Americans face the possibility of another government shutdown early next year. A stand-off between Republicans and the White House over funding the government forced the temporary lay-off of hundreds of thousands of federal workers from October 1 and created concern that crisis-driven politics was the "new normal" in Washington. The deal would extend

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