The Senate shutdown/debt limit deal announced earlier today continues to build momentum, with the Senate expected to approve the measure tonight. The House is then expected to give its final approval before sending the bill to the White House, though many conservative House Republicans and prominent conservative groups have voiced opposition to any such plan.
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took to the Senate floor Wednesday to praise the bipartisan deal that would reopen the federal government until Jan. 15, and extend the debt limit until Feb. 7.
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Other provisions of the deal mandate the creation of a bipartisan budget conference and income verifications for those receiving subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.
The deal is expected to pass in the House -- which had a tumultuous series of failed proposals and missteps Tuesday -- and eventually be signed by President Obama before the debt limit deadline Thursday.
Reid declared that the senators should now enter “a time for reconciliation” and “do everything we can to change the atmosphere in the Senate.”
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