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Higher debt lid backed; US bill-paying could go on

The House, facing a midnight deadline on raising the federal debt limit, approved a $30 billion increase in the ceiling Thursday, just enough to carry the government for another month. The Senate was expected to act later in the day.

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Treasury Secretary Donald Regan warned that without the increase, which passed 211 to 198, social security checks might bounce and that the government might default on securities.

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