October 16th, 2013
08:19 PM ET
10 months ago

Senate approves bill to end shutdown, avert possible default

Washington (CNN) - An agreement to end the partial government shutdown and avoid a possible U.S. default easily passed the U.S. Senate and headed to the House for a vote expected later Wednesday.

If approved by the Republican-led House, the legislation would go to President Barack Obama to be signed into law by the end of Thursday - the deadline for increasing the federal borrowing limit or risk the first default in American history.

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  1. S. B. Stein

    Now if the House can get it passed, we will all be better off. I am waiting for half the House GOP to vote against this. This could be a problem for the current speaker.

    October 16, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  2. Kinard

    To all of you that believe the shutdown should have happened, you need help. You are beyond reason, and have absolutely no conception as to what could have transpired following such a move. This would have affected all facets of the economy, including your little world that apparently has a fence keeping out forethought and reason. Get A Life.

    October 16, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  3. DENNA

    I truly hope the GOP/Tea Party gets its act together. While it was fun watching the Tea Party tail wag the GOP dog, my 401K took a hit. Not too thrilled about that. And please, please run that fool Cruz for President. He will get such a hit in the face he won't know where he is.

    October 16, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  4. Frankie

    Now the GOP will no doubt try to blame the Democrats for the shutdown and while Democrats have their problems too, the American people are not as dumb as politicians seem to think which is showing up in polls. If people do not like what is happening in Washington then more Americans need to go out and VOTE. Elections have consequences and this is one. Extremes from both sides can really screw things up.

    October 16, 2013 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Gee , we have to this all over again in January !

    To the Tea Party and Ted Cruz , EAT YOUR GREEN EGGS AN HAM !

    October 16, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  6. Anthony in California

    And if the Republicans want to pull this stunt again in Jan/Feb I say the Dems go ahead and drop an extremely strict Gun Bill into the mix to neutralize the Tea Party's "MobyDick" infatuation with ObamaCare.

    Then we can see if they love their guns more then they hate Obama....

    October 17, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  7. Syntara Sarych

    Well, the House has voted and the government will reopen in the morning and the default has been averted. For now. I don't have the exact numbers but more than half of the Republicans in the house voted nay to reopening the government. Enough did however, and combined with all of the Democrats voting yea, the shutdown is now history.

    They Republicans had made a long and distinguished list of changing demands the Democrats needed to meet to get the House to reopen the government and the Dems said NO to every last demand. So in the end, the House Republicans got absolutely nothing out of this. Not one teeny thing. And for this, they may as well have saved a lot of wasted government money and voted this way 16 days ago before the government went into shutdown.

    WHO is in charge on the Republican side? Nobody at all. They dream up schemes and nobody among them questions the logic or plays devils advocate as they scheme to help guide them so that they don't end up looking like the baffoons they obviously are as a leaderless bunch of hostage taking thugs (and they have the nerve to call people who don't take hostages thugs!)

    So it's ended well...until next time that is. Wonder if the Republicans will ever try hostage taking ever again given how this worked out for them. Or, what leaderless hairbrained scheme will they try to spin up in preparation for the next dates of negotiations? It's obvious plain civil discourse and respect for the opinions of their opponents, whether they agree or not is just too civilized an approach for Republicans to take. They require lots of drama and or growling and they MUST WIN ALL. Else, for them, due to their basic insecurity, they've lost all - even if in reality they compromised. But compromise is a dirty word because it shows you weren't tough enough to get it all. Again, basic insecurity and an immature disregard for others than the self is their group problem.

    October 17, 2013 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  8. Evergreen

    Wars are extremely expense and we bought two of them, which has cost us about 6 TRILLION DOLLARS to date. Add tax cuts that reduce revenue you get a deficit problem. Undoing the wars and the tax cut will get us closer to a balance budget faster than taking from the already poor.

    October 17, 2013 12:42 am at 12:42 am |