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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation to reopen the federal government and avoid a threatened national default has passed the U.S. Senate on an 81-18 vote.

The legislation that passed the Senate Wednesday now goes to the U.S. House where a vote is expected later Wednesday.

The legislation would permit the U.S. Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7 or perhaps a month longer, and fund the government through Jan. 15. More than two million federal workers would be paid — those who had remained on the job and those who had been furloughed.

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