The Republican leadership in Congress has agreed with Democrats on a deal to end the government shutdown, Politico reported this morning. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) agreed to end the shutdown, fund the government (including Obamacare) until January 15 of next year and raising the debt ceiling by one trillion dollars through February 7 of next year. It is reported the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, will get the agreement approved in the House even if it requires votes from Democrats who support the deal.
“For today, the relief we hope for is to reopen the government, avoid default and protect the historic cuts we achieved under the Budget Control Act,” Republican Leader McConnell said.
The leader of the Democrats also praised the deal. “This compromise we reached will provide our economy with the stability it desperately needs. It’s never easy for two sides to reach consensus. It’s really hard, sometimes harder than other. This time was really hard,” Reid said. “The country came to the brink of a disaster. But in the end, political adversaries set aside their differences and disagreement to prevent that disaster.”
Regarding its impact on Obamacare, Politico reports, “The bill will barely scathe Obamacare and putting it on the floor will mark a huge concession by the House after sparking a 16-day government shutdown over insistence that the health care law be defunded or delayed as a condition to keep the government open. Dozens of conservatives in the House will be disappointed by the proposal and Boehner will need Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to deliver a bevy of votes to pass the bill.”
Rush Limbaugh, on his radio program today, said that Republicans “totally caved” I to Democrats on the deal to end the government shutdown and “got nothing” for doing so.
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