House votes to hike U.S. debt limit

Feb 11, 2014, 5:45 PM EST
U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) speaks during his weekly news conference February 6, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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Republicans have brought the United States to the brink of default more than once in recent years, but in a sign that the business wing of the party has tired of these Tea Party antics, House Speaker John Boehner brought a 'clean' bill to hike the borrowing limit to the floor Tuesday, where it passed 221-201. This is a break from the 'Boehner rule,' where increases in the debt ceiling were to be balanced by spending cuts.

Background:

House Votes to Raise Debt Ceiling, Without Conditions [NY Times]