Senate OKs budget and debt deal, sends measure to Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is sending President Barack Obama an ambitious budget and debt deal that averts a catastrophic national default and sets the budget for the federal government for the next two years.

The vote was 64-35 in the Senate and came in the early morning hours on Friday.

Democrats joined forced with Republican defense hawks in pushing the measure toward final passage and over the objections of GOP presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.

The agreement would raise the government debt ceiling until March 2017, removing the threat of an unprecedented national default just days from now. It would set the budget of the government through the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years and ease punishing spending caps by providing $80 billion more for military and domestic programs.

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