The bill to restart the government was crafted in the Senate by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D- Nevada) and Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky).
Late Wednesday the Senate 81-18 voted to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.
The bill forged in the Senate funds the federal government through January 15th, extends the debt ceiling through February 7th, and calls for an agreement by mid-December on a long-term budget plan.
The bill represents a total defeat for House Republicans, who shutdown the federal government on October 1st in order to force the White House to make major changes to the Affordable Health Care Law.
But the bill does not contain any of the changes that House Republicans had demanded be made to the 2010 health-care law. The Senate bill contains only one minor provision about tighter scrutiny on who gets federal subsidies for insurance.
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that he would allow a vote in the House on the Senate bill. Boehner said that he would encourage House Republicans to vote for the agreement,
Boehner said, "There's no good reason for our members to vote 'no,'".
But Boehner also made an incredible understatement when he told WLW radio in Ohio that, “We fought the good fight. We just didn’t win.”
Didn’t win! They got their butts kicked big time.
Around 10:00 PM Wednesday night, the House passed the bill by a vote of 285-144, and sent it on the White House for the President’s signature.
Maybe the polls released this week had something to do with the lopsided vote in the House.
The Washington Post-ABC News poll, released Monday, showed that 74 percent of Americans don’t like the risky way that the House Republicans caused the Shutdown.
A Pew Research Center poll released Tuesday found that only 20 percent of Americans approve of the way Republicans in Congress are handling the government shutdown and debt standoff.
House Republicans from swing districts probably noticed and realized that their chances of being reelected were going right down the tubes because of the Shutdown.
The temporary funding bill passed by the Senate and the House only funds the federal government through January 15th so the battle will start all over again in three months.
Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell both showed leadership in the Senate, but not a single republican showed any leadership in the House.
While Republicans emerge from the Shutdown dysfunctional and factionalized, with Tea Party Republicans openly attacking mainstream Republicans in the House and Senate, the Democrats are already doing their best to make the 2014 Congressional elections a referendum on Republican incompetence.
Before the vote in the House, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D- California) told the Republican members of the House, “My colleagues, do you think that your recklessness was worth $24 billion to our economy? This recklessness is a luxury the American people cannot afford.”
We’ll have to see how the cards play out in the 13 months to the election, but House Republicans couldn’t have played their cards any worse than they did during the Shutdown.