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February 12, 2014 AT 11:42 AM
Must-pass legislation to allow the government to borrow money to pay its bills has cleared Congress for President Barack Obama's signature. The Senate approved the measure by a near party-line 55-43 vote. All of the "aye" votes came from Obama's Democratic allies. But the vote to pass the measure was anticlimactic after a dramatic 67-31 tally — held open for more than an hour — in which the measure cleared a filibuster hurdle insisted on by tea party Republican Ted Cruz of Texas.