The House of Representatives passed, 269 to 161, a deal to lift the federal government's borrowing authority by about $2.1 trillion and to cut federal spending by a similar amount over the next 10 years. The vote comes two days before the government is expected to reach the limit of its current borrowing authority.
House passes debt-ceiling bill
The Senate is expected to consider the measure Tuesday.
The deal would require about $900 billion in cuts ove 10 years and create a 12-member bipartisan congressional panel to suggest by Nov. 23 another roughly $1.5 trillion in cuts over 10 years.
A growing number of provider advocates raised concerns as the details of the deal emerged Monday that the new panel will target Medicare provider payments and add to a growing number of measures reducing their funding under the federal program.
The Obama administration released a statement of strong support shortly before passage of the bill.
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