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Budget Deal Passed By Senate And House

Michelle Toh, Sara Newman |
October 16, 2013 | 4:09 p.m. PDT

Executive Producers

Congress was concerned that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) would delay the final vote on the deal. (Creative Commons)
Congress was concerned that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) would delay the final vote on the deal. (Creative Commons)

10:47 PM ET: With the bill having passed through the Senate and now the House, all eyes are on the president, waiting for his signature to officially reopen the government. 

10:20 PM ET: Final House vote of 285:144 passes the Senate bill and reopens the government and raises debt ceiling. 

10:15 PM ET: The Senate bill is on its way to passing in the House with a current vote of 267:126 in support of the bill. 

9:59 PM ET: House is in the process of voting on the Senate bill. The current vote is 66:16 in support of the Bill.

8:31 PM ET: In a televised statement, President Barack Obama promised that if the House follows the Senate’s lead in passing a deal to end the national budget standoff, he will "sign it immediately. We'll begin reopening our government immediately."

8:13 PM ET: The Senate has voted 81 to 18 to pass the bill to end the government shutdown and extend the country's borrowing limits. The plan is now headed to the House. President Obama is expected to speak soon.

7:57 PM ET: The first Senate vote on the budget bill has passed, by 83 to 16.

7:50 PM ET: Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and David Vitter, among other fiscal conservatives, have voted against the bill, according to CNN.

7:33 PM ET: The cloture vote on the budget deal has begun in the Senate. There will be two votes, the first being a "telltale vote" of the threshold of Congressional approval. The second will send the plan over to the House. The bill needs a total of 60 votes to pass.

After finally brokering a deal to end the government shutdown and avoid a national debt default, on Wednesday night, the Senate passed a proposal to extend the budget, five hours before the deadline to raise the country's borrowing limit. 

The Republican-controlled House is expected to vote soon after. If the agreement is passed through the Senate as anticipated, the House vote will consist of most or all of its 200 Democrats, in addition to some Republican representatives, according to CNN. The plan requires at least 20 Republicans to pass, after which it will be sent to the president's desk for the final sign-off.

The deal would reopen the government until Jan. 15, and extend the debt ceiling deadline to Feb. 7.

Concerns had been raised that the legislation would be blocked by Tea Party conservatives, led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in a final attempt to defund President Obama's healthcare reforms. The senator said Wednesday, however, that he will not block a final vote on the measure.

"I've never had any intention of delaying the timing of this vote," he told reporters, according to USA Today.

Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) was another vocal opponent of the bill, but said he expected it to be approved. "I think with Speaker Boehner endorsing... it probably will pass," he said in an interview with CNN. "We need to structurally reform the government, we need to structurally reform entitlement."

"This isn't the end of the game," he continued. "This is the end of the first half."

A failure to negotiate an agreement before the deadline of Thursday would result in the U.S. losing its borrowing authority and having only cash to pay its bills. As of right now, the Treasury is expected to be able to continue to pay its bills, but it is not immediately clear for how long.

Check back for live updates.

Reach Executive Producers Michelle Toh and Sara Newman here and here respectively.



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