Congress Votes to Reopen Federal Government

October 16, 2013

Congress gave final approval Wednesday night to a budget compromise that would temporarily reopen federal agencies and allow the Treasury to continue borrowing to pay the nation’s bills, averting the possibility of a default that could have seriously damaged the economy.

The 285-144 vote in the House followed an overwhelming vote in the Senate on the agreement negotiated by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky).

The Democratic-led Senate overwhelmingly passed the measure on a 81-18 vote.

Representative Robert Hurt voted against the legislation. He released the following statement shortly after the vote:

“I share the relief of the American people in knowing that the federal government will resume its normal operations and that we have avoided the consequences of a breach of our debt limit. However, I was unable to support the Senate spending and debt limit legislation because it failed to impose even the most modest spending reform."

Virginia Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner both voted for the legislation.

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