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      The Federal Government will reopen

      The House vote on Wednesday evening passed 285-144. The Senate vote earlier in the evening was 81 to 18.

      President Barack Obama says he's grateful to Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate for passing a deal to end the partial government shutdown and avert a default. In the Senate, the 18 who voted `no' were all Republicans. The president says he'll sign the bill immediately if it clears the House. The measure calls for opening the government through January 15 and extending the nation's borrowing authority through February 7.

      The President said, "Once this agreement arrives on my desk, I will sign it immediately. We'll begin reopening our government immediately. And we can begin to lift this cloud of uncertainty and unease from our businesses and from the American people."

      U.S. Representative issued the following statement after voting to pass the bill that would reopen the federal government and raise the debt limit:

      â??For weeks I have been meeting with both Democrats and Republicans to come up with a solution to reopen the government and prevent our nation from defaulting on its bills. Todayâ??s bipartisan compromise achieves both of those goals and will provide our economy with much-needed stability.

      "Keeping our government running and paying our nationâ??s bills should not be partisan issues. Yet for more than two weeks, a few dozen Tea Party extremists in the House have allowed our government to be shut down in order to advance a purely political agenda. These same Tea Party extremists also threatened to allow a default on our national debt, which would jeopardize the full faith and credit of the United States and have catastrophic impacts on our economy and financial markets around the world.

      â??Fortunately, reasonable members on both sides of the aisle came together today to pass a bipartisan solution that will open the federal government and allow our nation to pay its bills. I will continue to work with commonsense Democrats and Republicans to come up with bipartisan solutions that create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and grow our economy."