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House approves clean debt hike

The bill was narrowly approved in a 221-201 vote, largely on the backs of Democrats.

House GOP surrenders on debt

GOP leaders determined overnight that they did not have the votes to pass their bill.

Dramatic debt vote stirs Senate

Twelve Republicans voted for a procedural motion after a lengthy delay.

GOP debt problem: Appealing to Dems

Leaders have concluded that they cannot pass an increase without help from Democrats.