Senate adoptd the House's solution of extending automatic cuts to Medicare to accompany the pension increase.
House-approved bill now goes to President Obama for his signature.
Topics include immigration reform, job creation, and how to win the votes of unmarried women.
Reid praises Republican House leadership for bringing forward "clean" debt bill.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said the 1 percent cut in food stamps is aimed at hurting people and nothing else.
Companies such as Cigna and Kaiser Permanente poured about $40 million into television ads.
In an e-mail to supporters, the Senate Conservatives Fund cites Tuesday's decision by House GOP leaders to allow a vote on a so-called "clean" debt ceiling increase.
GOP leaders told members Tuesday that their latest attempt at seeking a concession will not attract enough support.
The Democratic senator has a solution for Republicans who don't trust the president.
That's the date when the government might lose its borrowing authority, Lew told the House speaker in a letter.