Boehner: House Won't Block Senate's Deal

'We fought the good fight; we just didn't win,' says speaker; vote will be tonight

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 16, 2013 2:53 PM CDT

(Newser) – It looks like DC's impasse over the shutdown and debt ceiling will indeed end tonight. John Boehner says the House won't block the deal that emerged from the Senate earlier today, reports the Washington Post. He promised that Republicans would continue to try to rein in ObamaCare and get the nation's debt under control, but "blocking the bipartisan agreement reached today by the members of the Senate will not be a tactic for us."

Boehner told a Cincinnati radio station that "we fought the good fight; we just didn't win," reports CNN. He added that he expects the federal government to be fully back in operation tomorrow. The best bet is that the Senate will vote on the measure first, this afternoon or this evening, and then send it on to the House, reports the Wall Street Journal. Under the deal, the government will be funded through Jan. 15, and the debt ceiling will be raised through Feb. 7.

Speaker of the House John Boehner arrives for a meeting with House Republicans Wednesday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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