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Congress passes deal to end partial Government Shutdown, avoid default


Congress has passed a deal to end the partial government shutdown.

The President says he'll sign it immediately and the government will be up and running again in the morning.

Here's what the deal looks like:

It funds the government through January 15th, 2014 it extends the debt limit until February 7th, 2014.

It also requires budget negotiations be done by December 13th of this year in both the House and the Senate and requires a budget conference.

The deal also strengthens verification measures for those seeking federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

It also provides back pay for furloughed federal workers.

During Senate debate, Republican Senator Ted Cruz expressed his displeasure with the deal, "This is a terrible deal and I urge my colleagues here to oppose it."

Congressional leadership giving a warning for the future, "Let's be honest, this is pain inflicted in our country, [and it] cannot, cannot make the same mistake again," says Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid.

President Obama reacting Wednesday night, "Once this agreement arrives on my desk, I will sign it immediately. We'll begin reopening our government immediately. And we can begin to lift this cloud of uncertainty and unease from our businesses and from the American people."

Senator Joe Donnelly was part of the bipartisan "Collins Group" that put the framework for this deal together.

The group is made up of 7 Republicans, 6 Democrats, and one Independent.

Donnelly says the group has been working on this deal behind the scenes for the past two weeks.

He says no one got everything they wanted in this deal.

He says he wanted to extend the debt limit even longer and wanted to repeal the Medical Device tax.

During a conference call this afternoon, he said he's hopeful we won't be back in this same situation again in just a few months.

"From everyone I talked to, there's no appetite for a repeat of this in the Senate and the folks I talked to and I'm hopeful the House will feel the same way," says Donnelly.

Standard and Poor's estimates the partial shutdown of the government has had a $24 billion dollar impact on the US economy.

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