The House passed a bipartisan deal to raise the debt ceiling in an 11th-hour vote Monday despite grumbling from liberals and conservatives, who stretched the bounds of rhetoric to express their distaste for it. The vote was 269-161.
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, emerging briefly Monday afternoon to speak with reporters, said he was not ready “declare victory yet.” But he and his GOP counterpart, Sen. Mitch McConnell, expressed confidence they could push the bill through “quickly.”
“We need to send this to President Obama as soon as we can,” Reid said.
Congress has until the end of the day Tuesday to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling in order for the Treasury to be able to continue paying all its bills come Wednesday.
House Speaker John Boehner had to rely on a blend of Republicans and Democrats to push the bill through his chamber, with some conservatives unhappy about key provisions in the compromise.