A deal that could re-open the federal government as early as Thursday was struck in the US Senate today. The Senate will take a vote this evening, followed by the US House of Representatives. President Obama has said if they pass the bill as written, he will sign it. It is another short-term fix, with another budget battle next January 15 and a debt ceiling deadline of February 7. But it would end the possibility of default of the US Government tomorrow and put all federal workers back on the job after 16 days. News of the probable settlement sent the stock market up more than 200 points.
Utah Senator Mike Lee-R, one of the conservative members of the Senate who helped create the series of events last summer that resulted in the shutdown said he won’t block the deal but will continue the fight. In a Facebook statement Lee said, “It Is shameful how Washington treats the American people and the people are right to be upset about it.”
He continues, “The media keeps asking, was it worth it? My answer is that it is always worth it to do the right thing. Fighting against an abusive government in defense of protecting our individual rights and freedoms is always the right thing.”
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch-R supports the compromise. He maintains defunding Obamacare “was never possible.” In a statement, Hatch said, “This bill isn’t perfect, but it is a path forward to reopen the government and prevent an economy-shaking default.”
US House Speaker John Boehner-R, Ohio said he wouldn’t block the deal. He said, “We fought the good fight. We just didn’t win.” Opposition spokesperson Ted Cruz-R, Texas said he would not block passage.
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