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Congress votes to end shutdown, avoid default

The bill is now on its way to President Obama's desk, and with his signature, the federal government can become fully functional again

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WFRV) - With just hours to spare, congress has voted to re-open the government and raise the federal debt limit, averting a crises that could have sent the U.S. into default.

The bill is now on its way to President Obama's desk, and with his signature, the federal government can become fully functional again.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's deal funds the government for three months, and raises the debt ceiling for four months, initiates immediate talks on reducing the debt, and adds a token anti-fraud measure to the Affordable Care Act.

The agreement means more than 300,000 furloughed federal workers can return to their jobs but it only sets up more showdowns in the new year.

With billions lost during the 16-day shutdown and more deadlines a few months away, congress must now make sure those outcomes are different.

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