Federal government re-opens

By Nick Kovatch on October 17 at 7:17am

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Congressman Aaron Schock was among several Republicans to vote in favor of ending the partial government shutdown last night.

Congress approved a bipartisan deal yesterday to reopen the federal government and avert an unprecedented debt default, ending a 16-day impasse. President Obama said he will sign the bill as soon as it reaches his desk.

Schock says it’s time to get back to work.

“I’m imploring my leadership to find a coalition of the willing that want to pass legislation that can ultimately become law,” says Shock. “Simply passing legislation that is going to go nowhere is a bit of a pointless exercise.”

The Senate voted 81-18; The House voted 285-144. Only Republicans opposed the deal in each chamber. Both chambers then adjourned for the rest of the week.

House Republican leaders accepted the Senate deal to end the partial shutdown and avert a deadline to raise the nation’s $16.7 trillion debt ceiling, that risked the nation’s economic standing.

Republicans initially had demanded delaying or defunding the health care law before they would agree to raise the debt ceiling or fund the government, but those demands faded over several weeks.

The final deal does not include any significant revisions of the Affordable Care Act.