|Obama urges lawmakers to end ruling by crisis; US Senate votes for budget and debt deal
US President Barack Obama sought to heal the wounds of a debt ceiling and government shutdown showdown, and warned Washington must stop governing by crisis.
Obama said US leaders needed to “earn back'' the trust of the American people after the crisis, in a short statement after the Senate voted to back a compromise deal and before the House of Representatives was expected to do likewise.
Pulling America's economy back from the edge of an abyss, the Senate approved a measure Wednesday that ends the US government shutdown and averts a potentially catastrophic default, AFP reports.
The bill, which passed 81-18 with broad bipartisan support, now heads to the House of Representatives, less than four hours before the October 17 deadline when the US Treasury could start running out of money to fund its obligations.
House Speaker John Boehner has urged his caucus to vote for the measure, which reopens government and funds federal operations until January 15.
But more importantly for global markets, it also extends US borrowing authority until February 7, ending the threat that the US Treasury could default on its obligations for the first time.
A bitterly divided Congress had been in stalemate for a month over how to fund government and take the threat of default off the table.
“The bipartisan senate rose to the occasion and broke this deadlock,'' number two Senate Democrat Dick Durbin said.