Obama signs budget deal, ending shutdown

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Published on Thursday, 17 October 2013 12:26

Written by Susan Davis, USA TODAY

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The Senate voted 81-18; The House voted 285-144. Only Republicans opposed the deal in each chamber.

 

Both chambers then adjourned for the rest of the week.

 

House GOP leaders accepted the Senate deal to end the partial shutdown and avert a Thursday deadline to raise the nation’s $16.7 trillion debt ceiling, that risked the nation’s economic standing.

 

“The compromise we reached will provide our economy with the stability it desperately needs,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who negotiated the agreement with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

 

“This has been a long, challenging few weeks for Congress and for the country. It is my hope that today we can put some of those most urgent issues behind us,” McConnell said.

 

The Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia M. Burwell sent out a memorandum announcing all federal workers who had been furloughed were to return to work Thursday.

 

“This has been a particularly challenging time for Federal employees and I want to thank our Nation’s dedicated civil servants for their continued commitment to serving the American people,” Burwell said in a statement.

 

After the Senate …

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