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Federal Government Re-opens

Washington, D.C. lawmakers found compromise late Wednesday approving a bipartisan deal to reopen the federal government and avert an unprecedented debt default. It ended a 16-day impasse. President Obama said he will sign the bill as soon as it reaches his desk.

The Senate voted 81-18; The House voted 285-144. Only Republicans opposed the deal in each chamber.

Both chambers then adjourned for the rest of the week. House Republican leaders accepted the Senate deal to end the partial shutdown and avert a Thursday deadline to raise the nation's $16.7 trillion debt ceiling, which would have been a risk to the nation's economic standing.

Republicans were committed to keeping up their fight to rein in the Affordable Care Act but would use "smart, targeted strikes" and aggressive oversight in the future.

"Our drive to stop the train wreck that is the president's health care
law will continue," said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Republicans remain opposed to new taxes, he added.

Republicans initially had demanded delaying or defunding the health care law before they would agree to raise the debt ceiling or fund the government, but those demands faded over several weeks.

The final deal does not include any significant revisions of the Affordable Care Act.

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