Debt Deal Clears the House
Measure clears, will head to Senate tomorrow
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2011 6:10 PM CDT
House Speaker John Boehner speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, as lawmakers work to finalize the debt deal.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – John Boehner's House of Representatives tonight voted convincingly in favor of the hard-fought, eleventh-hour deal on the debt ceiling, reports the Wall Street Journal, in a 269-161 vote. Democrats split 95 to 95 over the measure, while hardline conservatives made their objections known, with 66 Republicans voting nay. But the GOP overwhelmingly carried the deal, with 174 voting in favor. The deal passed just after 7pm—a scant 29 hours before the US was to hit the debt ceiling—and it heads to the Senate tomorrow.