The Senate has passed a measure aimed at reopening the government, more than two weeks after a budget impasse shut it down. (Source: CNN)
(RNN) - The House is now voting on a measure passed earlier by the Senate aimed at reopening the government Wednesday, more than two weeks after a budget impasse shut it down.
The bill will also help the country avoid default ahead of Thursday's debt ceiling deadline.
If the House passes the measure, the president will sign it, bringing an official end to the government shutdown ... for now.
Speaking from the White House after the Senate vote, President Barack Obama promised "the government will reopen immediately" upon signing the bill.
"There's a lot of work ahead of us, including the need to earn back the trust of the American people which we've lost over the last couple of weeks."
Terms of the deal include funding the government through Jan. 15, 2014, and allows the U.S. Treasury to continue borrowing money through Feb. 7, 2014.
The temporary measure puts Congress on course for another budget battle just after the New Year, something the president hopes to avoid.
"We've got to get out of the habit of government by crisis," he said.
Before the vote began, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, took to the Senate floor to rail against the bill that does not defund the Affordable Care Act.
"This fight was always about the American people who are hurting because of Obamacare and unfortunately today, the United States Senate is saying ‘You don't have a voice in Washington."
Cruz said earlier in the day he would not block a Senate vote. Cruz, a tea party favorite, led the charge against the Affordable Care Act during the shutdown, spurring the House Republicans to attach amendments to defund 'Obamacare' that would not pass in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
Should the bill pass both houses, government workers will return to work tomorrow. The bill extends sequester level spending - cuts that were made earlier this year that affected budget items important to both parties.
Shortly after the vote, House members took to social media to express their thoughts on the Senate vote.
"I applaud the Senate for coming together in the spirit of bipartisanship & urge my colleagues in the House to follow their examples," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-FL, tweeted.
"Both parties need to be willing to #compromise. That's how it's supposed to work. That's what #Founders intended. It's what Americans expect," said Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-PA said on Twitter.
Despite bipartisanship being shown on social media, many Republicans remain steadfast in their positions.
Rep. Paul Broun, R-GA, is standing firm on voting against the bipartisan measure when it comes to the House for a vote.
"I urge our House leadership and my colleagues to stand strong, to have what many of my senate colleagues do not, the courage to oppose any deal that does not defund and delay Obamacare for all Americans now," he said on the House floor.
A December deadline has been set for lawmakers to create a detailed plan on long-term spending cuts, and include income verification on the healthcare exchanges set up by the government as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
This deal is a result of a bipartisan agreement crafted by Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell Tuesday evening after Republicans in the House failed to agree on legislation a majority of their party could support.
Sixteen days ago, failure of the House of Representatives and the Senate to agree on a budget resolution caused the federal government shutdown, placing one-third of federal employees on furlough.
House Republicans repeatedly added amendments to a budget bill that would strip funding from the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. The Democrat-controlled Senate rejected those bills.
The healthcare exchanges launched the same day as the shutdown.
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The full text of the bipartisan Senate bill that is going to be voted on by the Senate and the House of Representatives on Wednesday. If passed, will end the government shutdown.
The full text of the bipartisan Senate bill that is going to be voted on by the Senate and the House of Representatives on Wednesday. If passed, will end the government shutdown and raise the debt limit - for a few months.