CRISIS AVERTED … FOR NOW: Congress acts at last minute to pass bipartisan deal that reopens federal government and raises debt ceiling — but only through February 7

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) pumps his fist after leaving a meeting of House Republicans at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.

Congress has passed legislation to reopen the partially-shuttered federal government and avert a potentially disastrous default on U.S. obligations, clearing the measure for President Barack Obama’s promised signature.

Passage of the bill late Wednesday in the House and Senate ended a Washington-created crisis that closed much of government for 16 days.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) walks to his office as he arrives at the U.S. Capitol.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) walks to his office as he arrives at the U.S. Capitol.

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It came on the eve of the date the Treasury Department warned it would no longer be able to borrow to pay the government’s bills.

An aide brings a cart stacked with pizza to the office of House Speaker John Boehner Tuesday night after movement toward ending the government shutdown was suddenly halted. Boehner now must decide whether call a House vote on the measure reached by the Senate Wednesday.

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An aide brings a cart stacked with pizza to the office of House Speaker John Boehner Tuesday night after movement toward ending the government shutdown was suddenly halted. Boehner now must decide whether call a House vote on the measure reached by the Senate Wednesday.

The legislation was carried to passage in the House by strong support from Democrats and 87 yes votes from majority Republicans who had originally sought to use the measure to derail Obama’s three-year-old health care law.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) arrives at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) arrives at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.

The legislation will reopen the government through Jan. 15 and permit Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7.

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Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) walk across the East Front of the Capitol Wednesday.

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Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) walk across the East Front of the Capitol Wednesday.

A trolly loaded with pizza is wheeled onto the elevator that serves the office of House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday night as the Speaker geared up for more talks to end the budget impasse.

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A trolly loaded with pizza is wheeled onto the elevator that serves the office of House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday night as the Speaker geared up for more talks to end the budget impasse.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks on the Senate floor Wednesday after the chamber reached a deal to end the fiscal crisis.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks on the Senate floor Wednesday after the chamber reached a deal to end the fiscal crisis.

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