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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

We have a DEAL FOLKS -- U.S. House and Senate Has Announced Bill to End Shutdown

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The Democrat Majority in the U.S. Senate has managed to rein in the GOP controlled U.S. House, in acknowledge defeat as noted in the following news updates and quotes via Twitter.
From MSNBC Politics by Michael O’Brien:
"Senate leaders said Wednesday that they had reached an agreement to end a protracted government shutdown and avert default on the national debt.

"The compromise we reached will provide our economy with the stability it desperately needs," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said shortly after noon on the Senate floor.  
Congress will now attempt to quickly advance the legislation throughout the day in hopes of avoiding default on the national debt. 
Senate leaders jump-started negotiations over a compromise bill to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling late Tuesday after House Republicans’ efforts to pass their own alternative crumbled in embarrassing fashion for GOP leaders."

Suicide Caucus Leaders Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) have finally decided to wave the white flag of surrender:

From Huffington Post Sabrina Siddiqui:
"12:22 PM – Today
Cruz Won't Delay Either
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said he will not block a deal in the Senate to end the shutdown and avert default. 
"Of course not, I never intended to delay this vote," Cruz told reporters. "The timing would not impact the outcome." 
Cruz railed against the deal nonetheless, and said he will vote against it, declaring it an example of how the "Washington establishment" had failed the American people."
From Huffington Post Kasie Hunt:
12:16 PM – Today  
Lee Won't Hold Up Deal 
BREAKING: Sen. Mike Lee indicates he won't hold up Senate deal. "I don't have a problem with collapsing time" once he reads bill.- Kasie Hunt (@kasie)
Meanwhile here are some great quotes on ending the Government Shutdown, via Twitter:

The deal mirrors an agreement the leaders had neared Monday, allowing the U.S. Treasury to have authority to continue borrowing and extend the debt limit through February 7, and the government allow the government to fully and immediately reopen and keep the agencies open through January 15. Both legislative chambers are expected to vote on and pass the bill throughout the day and avoid defaulting on America's Deal Ceiling.

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