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Deal At The Capitol: Shutdown Standoff May Be Ending

  • ABC’s ARLETTE SAENZ: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the bipartisan Senate deal on the Senate floor just after noon today.

    “This compromise we reached will provide our economy with the stability it desperately needs,” Reid said.

    “This has been a long challenging few weeks for Congress and for the country. It’s my hope that today we can put some of the most urgent issues behind us,” McConnell said. “After yesterday’s events, the Majority Leader and I began a series of conversations about a way to get the government re-opened and prevent default. I’m confident we’ll be able to begin to do both those things later today.”

    Multiple senators emerging from the Senate Republican conference meeting told ABC News they believe a vote will occur today and it will originate in the Senate.
  • ABC’s CHRIS GOOD: The Senate will vote first on its deal, according to a GOP senator who attended his conference's hour-plus meeting today. "I think that's right, yeah," Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said when asked.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., spoke to reporters earlier this hour. He said he has no intention of delaying the delay timing of vote.

    "I've never had any intention of delaying the timing of this vote," Cruz said, adding that Republican leaders "never asked" if he would do so. But Cruz railed against the deal that had been cut between Senate leader, but vowed, "this debate and this fight will continue in the months ahead."

    Cruz added, "The Senate chose not to follow the House and in particular we saw real division among Senate Republicans, that was unfortunate.

  • ABC’s ARLETTE SAENZ: Back pay for furloughed federal workers will be part of the deal voted on in the Senate and House tonight, a Senate Democratic aide says. The House approved back pay for furloughed federal workers earlier this month, but the Senate never voted on the measure.

    ABC’s JOHN PARKINSON: Currently the total number of members of the U.S. House of Representatives is 432, with three vacant seats created by Ed Markey (now a U.S. senator), Jo Bonner (retired) and Rodney Alexander (retired).

    But at least one other member (Rep. Carolyn McCarthy) will definitely miss the vote today, lowering the magic number to pass a bill to 216. McCarthy has been battling lung cancer, and has missed many votes over the past few weeks.

    “She will not be here today, unfortunately,” McCarthy chief of staff Stuart Chapman told ABC News. “She's just finishing up her treatments, and should be back in short order.”

    Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., has also spent time recovering from a back injury at Walter Reed, but his chief of staff has not responded to inquiries about whether he will come back to vote on a final deal. Even if he misses the vote too, the magic number is still 216.

    ABC’s STEVEN PORTNOY: Repeating much of what he said at the Ohio Clock this morning, Ted Cruz told radio host Mark Levin tonight that conservatives have accomplished something “extraordinary.”

    Cruz says while “official Washington scoffed,” millions of Americans rose up in opposition to Obamacare. “It was an incredible victory,” Cruz told Levin.

    “Where this went off track is when it came to the Senate and Senate Republicans didn’t stand united alongside House Republicans. Senate Republicans instead divided in half and started going on television, going on radio, going everywhere blasting House Republicans saying we cannot win, this will fail,” Cruz said. “When you’ve got half the Senate Republican caucus firing their cannons at the House Republicans, it sabotages the effort.”


    ABC’s ABBY PHILLIP: President Obama praised congressional leaders for their compromise to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling -- and said he would sign it immediately if it wins approval in the House of Representatives later tonight.

    "There a lot of work ahead of us, including the need to earn back the trust of the American people that has been lost of the last few weeks," Obama said in the White House briefing room just minutes after the Senate voted to approve the compromise legislation.


    ABC’s JOHN PARKINSON: The House voted 285-144 tonight to end the 16-day shutdown, funding the government until Jan. 15 while suspending the debt limit until Feb. 7. 144 Republicans opposed the vote. Eighty-seven other Republicans joined all 198 Democrats casting votes tonight voted in favor of the measure.

    A statement from Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, says government employees affected by the shutdown “should expect to return to work in the morning”:

    "Now that the bill has passed the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, the President plans to sign it tonight and employees should expect to return to work in the morning. Employees should be checking the news and OPM's website for further updates."
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