Fox News on October 17, 2013, reported that President Obama signed a short-term bill ending the partial government shutdown and raising the debt ceiling, capping one of the most bitter and brutal political fights in recent memory. Excerpts below:
The bill cleared the House late Wednesday on a 285-144 vote, lifted over the finish line by a large chunk of Democrats. All House Democrats voted in favor of the bill and 87 Republicans did as well. 144 Republicans voted against it.
The Senate, where the plan originated, earlier voted 81-18 for the bill.
As with past 11th-hour deals, this one kicks off the tough decisions to a separate committee and sets up another set of deadlines.
Lawmakers could again be at loggerheads by mid-January.
To the dismay of many conservatives, the final product does not include any major provisions pertaining to the health care law. But, with the House a day earlier unable to muster support for an alternative GOP plan, House leaders agreed to go along with the bipartisan Senate bill.
The bill puts an end, for now, to the historic showdown that has kept the government partly shuttered for more than two weeks. Putting additional pressure on lawmakers to reach an agreement, Congress was facing an October 17 deadline to raise the debt ceiling.
“We fought the good fight. We just didn’t win,” House Speaker John Boehner said in an interview with Cincinnati radio station WLW-AM ahead of the vote.
The final bill will fund the government through Jan. 15, and raise the debt cap through Feb. 7. Plus it provides back-pay for furloughed workers.
The plan does not include any provision relating to the ObamaCare medical device tax or other unpopular parts of the law, as prior plans did; instead it would include a single provision meant to verify the income of those receiving ObamaCare subsidies. It would also instruct a bipartisan budget committee to report back on a broader plan by mid-December.
“This deal is yet another promise to work on the problem tomorrow,” Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said in a statement.
The bill tees up another confrontation weeks down the road if the two sides are unable to do that.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, among the lawmakers who fought for defunding ObamaCare, called the final product “terrible.”