(Washington, DC) -- Crisis averted. A bipartisan bill ending the government shutdown and heading off a debt crisis was passed by the Senate and the House. New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer said the impasse has been very harmful.
The compromise legislation, crafted by Senate leaders, ends the partial shutdown of the federal government by funding government operations through mid-January. It also extends the debt limit into early February. The U.S. government faced the prospect of default for the first time in history without a deal to increase the nearly 17-trillion dollar debt ceiling. The deal represents a bitter defeat for conservative Republicans who crafted a strategy around the impasse that was aimed at defunding, delaying or otherwise hindering the healthcare reform law.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid helped craft the bipartisan compromise but he suggested it is not a time for celebration.
Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin said the Senate resolved a crisis that was prompted by conservative Republicans in the House.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called the final bill flawed but necessary.
Kentucky Republican Congressman Hal Rogers said it's time to move on.
Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz was not happy about the bipartisan Senate bill.
Utah Republican Mike Lee vowed to continue the fight against Obamacare.
Senator Lee said Obamacare is a bad law.