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Government reaches deal though temporary
WASHINGTON -- The federal government is once again open for business.
Late last night, a short term deal was reached to increase the debt ceiling and reopen the government.
Signs of the shutdown are coming down.
This morning -- barricades at monuments removed -- and ground crews back at work.
Last night on Capitol Hill the deal passed easily out of the senate and then thru the House -- largely with democrats' support -- and was delivered to the White House just nine minutes before the midnight deadline
The deal keeps the government funded through January 15th -- but a budget conference in congress now has to come up with a broader budget deal by December 13th.
Raises the debt ceiling through February 7th.
Adds a system of income verification for subsidies within President Obama's health care bill to prevent fraud. This is the only change to Obamacare.
And as part of the signed deal, federal workers will receive back pay for the time they were furloughed
Last night, the president praised congress for reaching agreement but today -- it was a scolding for congress.
President Obama: "The American people are completely fed up with Washington."
And called for congress to start the work ahead now
President Obama :"We should sit down and pursue a balanced approach to a responsible budget."
Capitol Hill today now faces new deadlines this deal has created and perhaps a new start.
Rep. Paul Ryan: "We're gonna try and find how we can reach common ground and create a budget process that achieves that. And that's what we're beginning to talk about."
And those talks are already underway.
That was Congressman Ryan leaving a breakfast meeting this morning with senate budget leaders.
They know the new countdown clock is already ticking