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Bipartisan Bill to End Shutdown, Raise Debt Limit Moves Through Congress



(NAFB)--A bipartisan deal to raise the debt limit and end the government shutdown was announced by Senate leaders Wednesday afternoon and approved by Congress Wednesday evening. The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 81 to 18 and the House approved it 285 to 144. The agreement will provide funding that keeps the government running through January 15th and will allow the government to continue borrowing to pay its bills through February 7th. The Senate plan does avoid any major changes to the Affordable Care Act - though Boehner said Republicans will continue to try to force the President to slow or repeal portions of the health care law. President Obama says the government will begin to reopen immediately now that he has signed the bill. Obama says he hopes to move forward on other domestic priorities - including immigration reform and the farm bill. He says this will only happen if everyone comes together to move the country forward and keep the last three weeks in the past.

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