JUNEAU, Alaska—Alaska's U.S. senators voted for legislation aimed at avoiding a federal government default.
Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich voted with the majority, sending the bill to the president. On Monday, the state's lone U.S. House member, Don Young, also voted for the bill.
The measure raises the U.S. debt ceiling through 2012, includes budget cuts and establishes a committee charged with drafting legislation to find more deficit cuts.
Tuesday was identified as the date by which the government would've exhausted its ability to borrow money and pay its bills.