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      Debt ceiling goes up while govt. shutdown winds down

      Federal government shutdown ends, debt ceiling raised

      The House of Representatives passed a vote to reopen the government and avoid default on the country's bills. Fewer than than 90 Republicans voted for passage.

      Mid-Missouri's Blaine Leutkemeyer did not, saying, â??After weeks of discussions and trying to reach a conclusion to get the government up and running, the bill that was on the House floor today did nothing to address the nationâ??s out-of-control spending. I came to Washington with a promise that I would rein in spending and after hearing from my constituents who want the same, I could not vote for legislation that does not begin to tackle the debt. We need to have serious discussions regarding entitlement reform and structural changes to the budget so we can begin to make significant headway on the debt. Americans want Congress to address the drivers of our debt and spending. Simply increasing the nationâ??s debt limit with no discussion of entitlement reform or serious spending cuts is not the answer.â??

      Fellow Republican Vicky Hartzler released this statement after her no vote. â??This deal provides no relief from the onerous impacts of Obamacare and gives a blank check to the Administration without addressing our debt or deficit. I could not in good faith support a plan that continues to hurt Americans through its unfair health insurance mandates and raises Americaâ??s credit card limit while failing to relieve future generations of our enormous burden of debt. Washington cannot continue to ignore the burden it is placing on our citizens, children and grandchildren.â??

      The House vote was tallied at 285 for and 144 against. The bill now goes to President Barack Obama who said earlier in the evening that he would sign in immediately. Passage of the bill late Wednesday in the House and Senate ended a Washington-created crisis that closed much of government for 16 days. It came on the eve of the date the Treasury Department warned it would no longer be able to borrow to pay the government's bills.

      The legislation was carried to passage in the House by strong support from Democrats and 87 yes votes from majority Republicans who had originally sought to use the measure to derail Obama's three-year-old health care law.

      The legislation will reopen the government through Jan. 15 and permit Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7.