Congress vote ending shutdown sets stage for next rounds

After the disruptions of a government shutdown, Congress did what it could have done weeks ago: voted to fund the government and lift the debt limit.

17th October, 2013
Members of the House of Representatives leave the US Capitol in Washington, DC after Congress voted to halt the 16-day government shutdown, ending the nation's fiscal impasse.

After the partisan passions and heated rhetoric, the disruptions of a government shutdown and displays of dysfunction, Congress did what it could have done weeks ago: voted to fund the government and lift the debt limit.

The passage last night by wide margins - an 81-18 vote in the Democratic-led Senate, followed by a 285-144 vote in the Republican-controlled House - allows the US to avoid default and ends the shutdown that began October 1st...

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