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Congress Votes To Reopen Government, Raise Debt Ceiling

The late night votes to end the government shutdown came as a deal was struck just hours away from the deadline to raise the nation's borrowing limit.  

The last minute plan reopens the government until January 15th and allows the US to borrow money until February 7th.
"Let's be honest, this is pain inflicted for no good reason and we cannot make the same mistake again," said Senator Harry Reid.  
It also establishes a December 13th deadline for a budget committee to work out more complicated differences.  

"This deal kicks the can down the road," said Senator Ted Cruz.  

The plan also makes a minor adjustment in the verification process in Affordable Care Act, a far cry from the GOP demand to defund the law, the requirement that led to the shutdown.
Government employees are returning to work but the battles on Capitol Hill are not finished. The new deadlines will spark more showdowns and possible shutdowns in the next 4 months.


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