Last night on Wednesday Oct. 16, 2013 at 10:17 p.m. eastern time. The United States Federal Government 16 day shutdown ended as both the Senate & House of Representatives passed a bill to reopen government. That bill needed between 216 - 218 votes to pass. The House had 285 “yes” votes against 114 “no” votes. The Senate had 87 “yes” votes against 18 “no” votes. Republicans are the majority in the House of Representatives & they cast 144 “no” votes. 18 Republicans in the Senate also voted “no.”
President Barack Obama signed that bill just as soon as it reached his desk late last night. The bill raises the U.S. debt limit until Feb. 7, 2014 & it funds the government until Jan. 15, 2014. The U.S. had a deadline to raise the financial debt ceiling by today, Thursday Oct. 17, 2013. The cost over the 16 day government shut down climbed to $24 billion dollars.
John Boehner who is the house speaker in the U.S. Congress had refused to allow a vote in the House of Representatives over a budget bill to raise the debt ceiling. Republicans are the majority in the House & Boehner believed he would not have enough votes to pass a bill proposed by the Democrats. The Republicans offered their own bill's with provisions to repeal the new Law called the “Affordable Care Act” (Obamacare). President Barack Obama & the Democrats refused to deal over a bill that is already a Law in the U.S.
The “Affordable Care Act” went into affect on Oct. 1, 2013 across the U.S. Millions of Americans began signing up online for healthcare. On that day there was also no budget bill passed to raise the debt ceiling. The Federal Government then shut down laying off 800,000 workers, closing numerous federal programs & halting independent contractor jobs.
As the shutdown rolled out so began the split within the Republican party in the House of Representatives. The conservatives had another group of extreme conservatives calling themselves the “Tea Party” who pushed their own agenda. They were led by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) who reportedly wanted the government shut down. Yet, on news cameras he blamed President Barack Obama. It played out in the public eye as Americans watched the Republicans fight not only each other, but also with the Democrats.
This is the second time since the late 1970's that the U.S. had run close to the deadline for raising the debt ceiling. The first was back in 2011 which had a bill passed just two days before its' deadline. The U.S. world credit rating dropped for the first time in its' history. The 2013 proposed bill passed just one day before its' deadline. U.S. economist's will report on what the U.S. credit rating will be in the coming weeks.