Congress Approves, Sends to Obama Bill to Reopen Government

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

 How Nevada's representatives voted:

 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid - Yea
Senator Dean Heller - Nay

Rep. Mark Amodei - Nay
Rep. Joe Heck - Yea
Rep. Steven Horsford - Yea

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has passed legislation to reopen the partially-shuttered federal government and avert a potentially disastrous default on U.S. obligations, clearing the measure for President Barack Obama's promised signature.

Passage of the bill late Wednesday in the House and Senate ended a Washington-created crisis that closed much of government for 16 days. It came on the eve of the date the Treasury Department warned it would no longer be able to borrow to pay the government's bills.

The legislation was carried to passage in the House by strong support from Democrats and 87 yes votes from majority Republicans who had originally sought to use the measure to derail Obama's three-year-old health care law.

The legislation will reopen the government through Jan. 15 and permit Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7.


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