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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Obama slams Republicans after deal

President Obama said some Republicans had damaged US economy. Credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed

US President Barack Obama has blasted Republican opponents, who he said had damaged America's economy and credibility, issuing a stern rebuke after a prolonged stand-off that forced a government shutdown and threatened default.

As Congress reopened the US government on Thursday and signed off on more borrowing so America could pay its bills, the president warned that the deal reached at the last minute on Wednesday had quelled but not ended the deep political and fiscal crisis.

The House of Representatives is controlled by Republicans, often causing political wrangling. Credit: REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

The administration and its Republican opponents know the deal only pushed the unsolved and bitter ideological battle a few months into the future. Mr Obama warned against doing it again. "The American people are completely fed up with Washington," Mr Obama said in a forceful tone.

"Probably nothing has done more damage to America's credibility in the world than the spectacle we've seen these past few weeks," the president said in an impassioned White House appearance.

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