House Passes Fiscal Deal to End Shutdown

“No” votes include Paul Ryan, who will chair the committee working toward a long-term fiscal deal.

US Rep. Paul Ryan,R-WI, walks to a meeting at the Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on October 16, 2013. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that a deal had been reached with Republican leaders to end a fiscal impasse that has threatened the United States with default. Reid, speaking from the Senate floor, said the agreement called for reopening the federal government with a temporary budget until January 15 and to extend US borrowing authority until February 7. 
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Oct. 16, 2013, 7:25 p.m.

The House passed le­gis­la­tion Wed­nes­day night to raise the na­tion’s bor­row­ing lim­it and re­open the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment, end­ing the weeks-long show­down that centered on House Re­pub­lic­an at­tempts to undo Pres­id­ent Obama’s health care law.

The deal was brokered by Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id, D-Nev., and Minor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell, R-Ky., two law­makers with a no­tori­ously ant­ag­on­ist­ic re­la­tion­ship. Their le­gis­la­tion, which passed the House on a vote of 285-144, cleared the Sen­ate hours earli­er on a vote of 81-18. It then went to the White House, where Obama quickly signed the bill.

House Re­pub­lic­an lead­er­ship, which brought the Sen­ate-ne­go­ti­ated bill to the House floor only after a mul­ti­tude of oth­er op­tions had been ex­hausted, saw a sur­pris­ing level of GOP sup­port for the meas­ure. When the votes were tal­lied, 87 Re­pub­lic­ans voted in fa­vor of the pro­pos­al — a much high­er level of sup­port than the es­tim­ates offered by law­makers and aides throughout the day.

Mean­while, there was not a single Demo­crat­ic de­fec­tion among the 198 Demo­crats who voted.

In ad­di­tion to Speak­er John Boehner, who cast a rare floor vote, the en­tire Re­pub­lic­an lead­er­ship was ex­pec­ted to sup­port the bill. But there was one de­fec­tion: Re­pub­lic­an Policy Chair­man James Lank­ford of Ok­lahoma voted no.

There was a great­er di­vide among House com­mit­tee chair­men. Sev­er­al com­mit­tee chiefs, in­clud­ing Reps. Dave Camp, Dar­rell Issa, and Mike Ro­gers, voted in fa­vor, while oth­ers, such as Reps. Paul Ry­an, Pete Ses­sions, and Bob Good­latte, voted against.

Ry­an’s vote against the plan is par­tic­u­larly note­worthy, con­sid­er­ing he will meet Thursday morn­ing with Sen. Patty Mur­ray, D-Wash., to be­gin hash­ing out the de­tails of a bicam­er­al con­fer­ence com­mit­tee that was prom­ised by the le­gis­la­tion. This group will have un­til Dec. 15 to ne­go­ti­ate the na­tion’s long-term budget­ary is­sues.

Shortly after the vote, Boehner an­nounced the House Re­pub­lic­ans who will join Ry­an on the con­fer­ence com­mit­tee: Rep. Tom Price of Geor­gia, vice chair­man of the Budget Com­mit­tee; and Reps. Tom Cole of Ok­lahoma and Di­ane Black of Ten­ness­ee. Minor­ity Lead­er Nancy Pelosi named three con­fer­ees: Rep. Chris Van Hol­len of Mary­land, rank­ing mem­ber on the Budget Com­mit­tee; and Reps. James Cly­burn of South Car­o­lina and Nita Lowey of New York.

When the vote con­cluded, Lank­ford, the one lead­er­ship mem­ber who voted against the bill, ap­proached a group of con­ser­vat­ives in their usu­al hangout spot in the cen­ter of the House cham­ber. Sur­roun­ded by the lower cham­ber’s lead­ing ant­ag­on­ists, all of whom had voted no, Lank­ford broke in­to a grin as he ap­peared to make a joke.

All the mem­bers laughed.

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