The Capitol building in Washington. Image Credit: AP

Washington: The US Senate voted Tuesday to raise the federal debt limit, moving the country a step closer to eliminating the threat of a calamitous credit default — just one day ahead of the deadline set by the Treasury.

The deeply divided upper chamber of Congress voted along party lines to raise the borrowing cap by $2.5 trillion, and the House of Representatives is expected follow suit later in the day — staving off the next showdown until at least 2023.