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Senate leaders have reached an agreement that should reopen the federal government and end the 16 day stalemate that's been held in DC. The plan will allow funding for the federal government and its agencies to remain on the same spending levels through January 15 of 2014 and it will extend the US borrowing authority through February 7. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, an advocate against the healthcare bill, has said that while he will not vote for this bill, he will not delay the vote for it as the delay would gain nothing. There will be no future prevention of the Treasury Department when it comes to allowing them to use emergency measures to avoid default. The House Republicans had pressed to put this restraint in place.
There will be only one minor change to the healthcare bill that Republicans asked for, and that will be to verify the income of those seeking government assistance in paying for their healthcare insurance costs.
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