Thomson ReutersJanuary 22, 2013 14:45
* Bill allows US government to borrow until May 19
* White House, some Democrats prefer long-term solution
* Republicans aim to shift focus of budget battles
By Mark Felsenthal and David Lawder
WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - A measure to extend the U.S. debt limit for nearly four months moved closer on Tuesday to a vote and the White House said the president would sign the bill if it cleared Congress, easing uncertainty that could have threatened the U.S. economy.