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Congress: Debt deal passes the House, Senate vote at noon ET

The debt deal passed the House 269-161 last night.

“But much of the partisan rancor seemed to evaporate when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona Democrat who was shot in the head earlier this year at a town hall meeting, made a surprise appearance in the House chamber with about three minutes left to vote on the debt deal. Large applause broke out and members crowded around her,” the Boston Globe notes.

The Globe also notes, “Massachusetts would lose an estimated $400 million in federal dollars next year and $800 million the following year in the federal budget deal moving through Congress, cutbacks that could slow the state’s tenuous economic recovery, regional economists said.”

“In the end, it seems the only people in Washington being forced to eat their debt limit peas will be Democrats, who found themselves swallowing a bitter political deal forced on them by the White House and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio),” Roll Call writes.

The Hill looks at the importance of Mitch McConnell.

Welcome to Congress… Roll Call: “Freshmen Gripe Over Process but Don’t Block Debt Deal.”

“Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) issued an apology to President Obama Monday night for a remark on a radio show last week when he said that associating with Obama was ‘like touching a tar baby,’” The Hill reports.