Government shutdown averted

No 11th hour nail biters this time. They actually came to an agreement with a couple of days to spare. But don't worry. This stopgap funding measure only pays for the government until November 18. So in about 50 days, we get to do the whole thing all over again. Washington Post: After days of brinkmanship reminiscent of the budget battles that have consumed Washington this year, key senators clinched a compromise that would provide less money for disaster relief than Democrats sought but would also strip away spending cuts that Republicans demanded. The pact, which the Senate approved 79 to 12 and the House is expected to ratify next week, is expected to keep federal agencies open until Nov. 18. "It will be a win for everyone," said Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.). Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called the plan "a reasonable way to keep the government operational." Aides to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said he will support the compromise. The spending battle...(Read Full Post)