Members of the House are scrambling to Washington to pass a short-term lift of the nation’s debt limit.
The Tuesday vote will ensure that the federal government is able to continue paying its bills fully into December.
House Democrats are expected have enough votes on their behalf to enable President Joe Biden sign the bill into effect this week.
A default would have had a massive impact on global financial markets. Routine government payments to Social Security beneficiaries, disabled vets, and others would also have been in question.
But the relief provided by the bill’s passage will only be temporary, forcing Congress to revisit the issue in December.