Government Shutdown Ends: House and Senate Reach a DealBy: Erika Watts - October 16, 2013
Who saw this coming? The House and Senate have reached a deal at the 11th hour and the government shutdown is over. Lawmakers in D.C. squabbled back and forth for weeks about the budget, causing around 1 million government workers to be furloughed for 16 days. Just before we reached the October 17 deadline–the date the U.S. would go into default if the debt-ceiling wasn’t increased–a deal was finally struck.
“We fought the good fight, we just didn’t win,” House Speaker John Boehner said today, in his admission of defeat.
The Senate announced a deal earlier today that would lift the debt-ceiling limit so that the United States doesn’t go into default. Boehner, who has been fighting tooth and nail to get Obamacare defunded in order to pass the new budget, said that House republicans wouldn’t try to block the effort–and many didn’t, as the deal was passed 285-144. After Boehner said that the House wouldn’t go against the deal, it was smooth sailing from there, as President Barack Obama was eager to get his hands on a bill that would end the mess.
“Once this agreement arrives on my desk, I will sign it immediately,” Obama said. “Hopefully next time it won’t be in the eleventh hour. We’ve got to get out of the habit of governing by crisis.” Quite pleased with the bipartisan effort, Obama also said, “I’m eager to work with anybody, Democrat or Republican. I’ve never believed Democrats have a monopoly on good ideas.”
Just because the government shutdown is over, don’t expect the squabbling to stop. Democrats and Republicans are still pointing fingers at each other.
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky wants people to forget about the deadline and shutdown for a moment and focus on a bigger problem–America’s debt.
Twitter has exploded with posts about the government shutdown being over. Post your thoughts on the government shutdown ending below.
Image via YouTube