Senate Deal Announced
'This is far less than many of us had hoped for frankly,' McConnell says
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 16, 2013 9:57 AM CDT
Updated Oct 16, 2013 12:02 PM CDT
This Oct. 15, 2013, photo, shows a view of the US Capitol building at dusk in Washington.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell have reached a bipartisan deal to end the government shutdown and lift the debt ceiling, they announced in Senate floor speeches today. "This is far less than many of us had hoped for frankly," McConnell said. "But it's far better than what some had sought." The deal does not include any major tweaks to the Affordable Care Act, but it does require people getting subsidies under the program to verify their income. It also calls for a conference committee to settle bigger budget issues like the sequester cuts, the Washington Post reports.

Reports earlier indicated that John Boehner would not only allow the House to vote on the bill, but would have it vote first to streamline the Senate's procedural process. But a spokesman for Boehner earlier said that "no decision has been made about how or when a potential Senate agreement could be voted on in the House," the Hill reports. Jay Carney said the White House wouldn't officially weigh in until the bill is voted on, but that "the president applauds leader Reid and minority leader McConnell for working together to forge this compromise." Ted Cruz, meanwhile, decried the deal, but said he would not attempt to block it in the Senate. "There's nothing to be gained from delaying this vote one day or two days," he said.

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Oct 16, 2013 4:01 PM CDT
So, because of Ted Cruz republicans are coming with "black eyes", having hard time to look straight. Like one of the republicans says, we have accomplished nothing, Obamacare is the law.
Oct 16, 2013 3:46 PM CDT
SOS different day......Reid and McConnell should be boiled in tar......
Oct 16, 2013 3:22 PM CDT
Who the "F" cares what Ted Cruz has to say. The only thing he is interested in is making sure he is on television and in print as much as he can. He is responsible for the shut down, and there he was with Sara Palin grand standing at the WWII Vets Memorial condemning the government for shutting down. Sara Palin was elected governor of Alaska and "QUIT", that's how much she cares about America. I believe Ted Cruz is one of the most repulsive politicians of our time. Watch out America. Also keep in mind, when central TX runs out of water, which may only be 5 yrs away, there will be a handful of people to hold accountable, and they are all conservative, right wing Monsters who pilfer and pillage in the name of Jesus... PIGS...