The Senate voted 81-18 to halt the 16-day government shutdown and raise the U.S. debt limit, moving one step closer to ending the nation’s fiscal impasse.
The House of Representatives plans to vote later tonight and President Barack Obama supports the agreement. The Senate acted the day before U.S. borrowing authority was scheduled to lapse as Congress engaged in its fourth round of fiscal brinkmanship in less than three years.
All of the votes against the proposal were from Republicans. One senator, Republican James Inhofe of Oklahoma, was absent.
“This is pain inflicted on our nation for no good reason,