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Congress makes deal to end Government Shutdown

Sixteen days after the government shutdown commenced, Senate leaders have made a deal to get back to work.  U.S. Senate leaders announced a last-minute deal to avert a historic lapse in the government's borrowing ability and a potentially damaging debt default with a proposal to raise the borrowing limit.

The House of Representatives will first vote on the proposal, which is expected to pass with mostly Democratic votes, then be passed to the Senate for final congressional approval, which would then be signed into law by President Obama.  Moving the deal through the House first will not be necessary if senators can reach a unanimous agreement to expedite the measure.

Both Democrats and Republicans are confident that the House of Representatives will have enough votes to pass the bipartisan Senate plan.
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