81-18: Senate approves bill to fund government and increase debt ceiling
Senate votes 81-18 to pass bill to end government shutdown thru Jan 15 and suspend Debt Limit till Feb 7. Measure now goes to House.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 17, 2013
The bill, which would fund the government through mid-January and increase the debt ceiling through early February, will now move on to the House, which is expected to vote tonight.
Harry Reid being Harry Reid:
Let’s be honest: this was pain inflicted on our nation for no good reason, and we cannot make the same mistake again.
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) October 17, 2013
The presidential podium is being prepared for President Obama’s closeup shortly:
— Charles Dharapak (@Dharapak) October 17, 2013
Update: The House has also passed the bill. It now moves on for Obama’s signature.