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Senate agree US debt bill

The US Senate has passed a bill to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a potential default. It will now be sent to the House of Representatives for a final vote. President Obama has said he will sign the bill "immediately" after the House vote.

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Report: Both sides confident US debt deal will pass

Both sides are confident the US House of Representatives will pass a bipartisan Senate Bill to raise the debt ceiling, a senior Democratic aide has said.

A vote in both chambers, probably starting with the House, is expected later today.

The aide added that the measure is expected to pass the House with mostly Democratic votes.

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