Deal is Done — House Passes Bill to Reopen Government, Raise Debt Ceiling

Deal is Done — House Passes Bill to Reopen Government, Raise Debt Ceiling

The House followed the Senate this evening in passing a bill to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. 

The vote in the House on H.R. 2775 as amended was 285-144.  The amended bill, the Continuing Resolution Act, 2014,  now needs only the President’s signature, which he has agreed to do.

The bill funds the government through January 15, 2014 at current levels and raises the debt ceiling until February 7.  It contains a number of other provisions as well, including allowing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to spend its funds so as to protect the launch dates of its new weather satellites.

The Senate passed the bill earlier this evening by a vote of 81-18.   One Republican Senator did not vote.

Correction:  An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that there is one vacancy in the Senate as an explanation for why there were 99 instead of 100 votes.  However, the discrepancy is because one Republican Senator did not vote.   Cory Booker did win an election in New Jersey tonight to replace the late Senator Frank Lautenberg, as earlier reported, but the Lauternberg seat is currently filled on a temporary basis by Senator Jeff Chiesa, so there is no vacancy.  The Senate vote tally is posted on the Senate website.

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