On debt limit, Reid says relax; Treasury’s Lew says get going

Posted: January 17, 2014 at 3:25 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said it’s “not urgent” for Congress to raise the debt limit, though an aide later said Reid is committed to boosting the ceiling well before the U.S. runs out of borrowing authority.

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From left, Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., arrive at the Capitol as the Senate votes to approve a $1.1 trillion spending package, the Omnibus Appropriations Act, a bipartisan compromise that all but banishes the likelihood of an election-year government shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.  The legislation is a follow-up to the budget compromise the two parties pushed through Congress in December that set overall spending limits for the next two years.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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