The US Congress has finally agreed to reopen the federal government (for now) and to pay its bills! Late tonight, the House passed by 285-144 a resolution concurring with the Senate bill that had passed earlier in the evening by an overwhelming 81-18 vote. HR2775 raised the debt ceiling, thus allowing the federal government to borrow money to bills that come due and avoid a default on our national debt. The bill also provides funding to resume full government operations. The President will sign the resolution and it will take effect immediately.
Despite the the call from House Speaker John Boehner (R)OH for Republican members to support this bill, despite the fact that this was the last opportunity to prevent a government default that would have had dire consequences for the nation and the world economies, every Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from SC and GA voted NAY on the bill. Every one.
The bad news...the cuts know as the sequester remain, and, since the budget and debt ceiling agreement are very short term, we get to do this all again in January 2014. How will our economy grow and move forward with the threat of another shut down and debt ceiling debacle just a few months down the road? Was this all worth it? Could this deal have been struck weeks ago, thus avoiding the enormous costs and dislocations of the shut down and the permanent tarnishing of our international reputation?
This means that our refuges will reopen in the next few days once furloughed staff can be called back, Watch this site for details.