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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN ENDS: House approves budget bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) - UPDATE: The House of Representatives has voted to approve the budget bill, effectively ending the federal government shutdown.

The bill passed 285-144 late Wednesday night. The government will now re-open, and the debt ceiling will be extended until Feb. 7. Just hours before, the Senate approved the same measure in an 81-18 decision.

President Obama said that he will sign the bill as soon as it reaches his desk, and that the government will begin re-opening "immediately." The government shutdown lasted 16 days.


ORIGINAL STORY: The Senate voted 81-18 Wednesday night to reopen the government and avoid default in a bill that included temporary provisions to do so through Jan. 15.

Sen. Charles Grassley voted "no," while Sen. Tom Harkin voted "yes" to the bill.

The bill will fund the government through Jan. 15 and allow borrowing authority through Feb. 15, while keeping spending at the present level. It must still pass the House of Representatives.

Grassley's office released the following statement after the vote:

“There's been a lot of talk about the negative impact of not raising the debt limit, but there’s too little focus on the negative consequences of ignoring the $17 trillion debt," Grassley was quoted as saying. "Government spending has exploded since 2008, increasing the national debt by $6 trillion. Obamacare is a drag on the economy and hurting workers' ability to find full-time jobs. Yet the President refuses to lead for fiscal responsibility, both short and long term, even with a government shutdown.

"This agreement raises the debt limit with no action on the debt," he added. "It’s a missed opportunity for forcing action to limit government and increase economic opportunities. America needs the President to roll up his sleeves and work with members of Congress to address the long-term fiscal problems of our country. Our grandkids depend on it.”


For lawmakers' reactions to the bill prior to its Senate passage, click here.

The House passed a bill 285-144 late Wednesday night to re-open the government and extend the debt ceiling until Feb. 7.  That vote came hours after the Senate approved the measure 81-18.The House passed a bill 285-144 late Wednesday night to re-open the government and extend the debt ceiling until Feb. 7.  That vote came hours after the Senate approved the measure 81-18.TThPr
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