WASHINGTON, D.C. — After weeks of tough negotiations on Capitol Hill, both parties put aside their differences and finally reached a deal to reopen the government and allow the U.S. to continue paying its bills beyond Thursday.

The U.S. House gave final approval Wednesday night, just hours before default, on a U.S. Senate bipartisan deal to end the partial government shutdown and avoid default. The plan passed by a 285 to 144 vote.

“I am extremely pleased that we’ve reopened the government and that we are not going to default on our national finances,” said Second District Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). She voted yes on the deal.

“This compromise we reached will provide our economy with the stability it desperately needs,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on the Senate floor.

“After weeks spent facing off across a partisan divide that often seemed too wide to cross, our country came to the brink of disaster. But, in the end, political adversaries set aside their differences and disagreements to prevent that disaster.”

The deal passed by the House was past earlier in the day by the U.S. Senate, the birthplace of the bipartisan plan. The compromise was completed by Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) Wednesday morning.

The deal will reopen the government through Jan. 15 and raise the debt ceiling until Feb. 7, allowing time for large scale budget plans to eliminate the chances of future shutdowns or defaults.

Despite being called a bipartisan plan, many House Republicans still were not happy but Capito said no bill was going to be perfect.

“Nobody is going to be happy with this. It doesn’t have everything in it that I would want but that’s what governing and reaching conclusions is all about,” she said. “You can’t get everything you want all the time.”

The final agreement makes only minor changes to Obamacare by requiring income verification for people receiving health care subsidies from the government. Capito said this deal is a good starting point to maybe further talks regarding Obamacare and other budget issues.

“We really need to look at this Obamacare question to see what kind of influence it’s having on jobs and on the economy and I’m sure that will be part of the discussions,” she said.

The deal also authorizes a bipartisan conference committee to work out a long-term budget deal by Dec. 13, before government funding runs out again in January.

In a statement released following the vote, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin said he was pleased to see leaders set aside their differences and come together in a bipartisan way to reach a deal.

“The bottom line is that we managed to avoid this self-inflicted wound to the national and global economy, but it is past time for America to get its financial house in order. We need a bipartisan, big fix like the Bowles-Simpson template that focuses on spending, revenue and reform,

Manchin stated in the release. “I am hopeful that the development of the bipartisan, bicameral budget committee required under this agreement will be a first step in finding a balanced approach to reducing our deficit, balancing our budget, and responsibly reining in out-of-control spending.”

Without action, the U.S. was on track to run out of borrowing authority at 12 a.m. Thursday, more than two weeks into a partial federal government shutdown.

Capito said it is good they were able to avoid default and end the shutdown, but she is concerned about the damage done by letting the crisis go this long.

“I think that when people see something like shutting the government down and taking us to the brink on the debt limit, I think it erodes trust in government and I don’t think that’s healthy for anybody and I don’t think it helps us in a global sense either,” she said.

Following the U.S. House approval of the plan, the deal went straight to President Barack Obama’s desk for his signature, making it official.

Next, negotiations were expected to begin Thursday on a long-term budget deal.

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  • literateWVlady

    Travis, How about using the correct word "passed" and not past (twice) please. Thank you.

  • John

    Kick the can down the road once again...so that in January we will be back to square one. The so called legislators should be ashamed of themselves for not working together and come up with solutions to try and keep this country afloat. Just keep raising the debt ceiling and one of these days this country will be completely bankrupt. The worse bunch if inept legislators that I have ever saw, and I have been around a long time...God help us!

  • Matt

    What a douche billye

  • Martinsburg Resident

    THIS IS BECOMING A WAY OF GOVERNING... FROM ONE CRISIS TO THE NEXT... IT KEEPS PEOPLES ATTENTION AWAY FROM REAL ISSUES... WE ARE BANKRUPT!!! WAKE UP AMERICA! VOTE THEM ALL OUT... EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM!

  • billyed

    It's been a struggle to find words to convey the deep injury the Republicans,like McKinley and Capito have inflicted on the country in the last few weeks. Searching for words that would do justice for the Republican party disgraceful, self serving conduct. Look back to April 1653 when Oliver Cromwell addressed the British House of Commons, just as Parliament was dissolved. These worlds could easily apply to Republicans of 2013.

    "IT IS HIGH TIME TO PUT AN END TO YOUR SITTING IN THIS PLACE,WHICH YOU HAVE DISHONORED BY YOUR CONTEMPT OF ALL VIRTUE, AND DEFILED BY YOUR PRACTICE OF EVERY VICE; YE ARE A FACTIOUS CREW, AND ENEMIES TO ALL GOOD GOVERNMENT. YE ARE A PACK OF MERCENARY WRETCHES AND WOULD - LIKE ESAU - SELL YOUR COUNTRY FOR A MESS OF POTTAGE AND LIKE JUDAS, BETRAY YOUR GOD FOR A FEW PIECES OF MONEY. IS THERE ONE VICE YOU DO NOT POSSES? YE HAVE NO MORE RELIGION THAN MY HORSE. GOLD IS YOUR GOD. IS THERE A MAN AMONGST YOU THAT HAS THE LEAST CARE FOR THE GOOD OF THE COMMONWEALTH? YE SORDID PROSTITUTES, HAVE YOU NOT DEFILED THIS SACRED PLACE AND TURNED THE LORD'S TEMPLE INTO A DEN OF THIEVES BY YOUR IMMORAL PRINCIPLES AND WICKED PRACTICES? YE HAVE GROWN INTOLERABLY ODIOUS TO THE WHOLE NATION. DEPART, I SAY, AND LET US HAVE DONE WITH YOU. IN THE NAME OF GOD, GO!"

    OLIVER CROMWELL
    APRIL 1653

    • WVMom

      Are you kidding me??? billeyed how about you ask the family members of those men killed in benghazi about injury and damage.

    • WVMom

      It sounds like you described the president right on though.

    • J the C

      Ditto, Billied. Well said!

  • George

    We need to ask every candidate for office in future elections what their specific plan to reduce govt spending are....and give them suggestions on what we think. Spending must stop.

  • Bryan

    So proud of our government to be able to sit down and work this out. NOT. If anyone votes the next time for anyone currently in office now they are a dumb###. Neither party is to blame per say but each and every elected official is to blame and it's time to show government we are tired of their games. Next election should have zero incumbents win office, PERIOD!

  • ThatGuyOverThere

    But hey, at least the federal workers that were sent home, get back pay for doing nothing for that time. I don't understand why they didn't just keep them working and back pay them when it was over.

    • WVWho

      I agree, congress got paid, welfare got paid, Gov't workers got 2 weeks paid vacation...summary of the shutdown.

      • Brian

        Just a slight clarification...federal govt workers got a two week vacation. We state workers who have had no raise in seven years have been slaving away.

        • WVMom

          Another slight clarification would be that not all federal government workers got to stay home. So you all are not the only ones slaving away afterall.

          • susanf

            But w/one major difference - the state workers have been slaving away for much lower wages than federal employees.

        • WVWho

          That's a crime within itself Brian.

  • RogerD

    Travis says both parties compromised. I guess he's right. Capito and the Republicans gave into all the Democrat demands. Reid and the Democrats gave Mitch McConnell a $2 billion earmark for Kentucky. Once again, the American people get screwed.

    This is at least strike 2 for Capito. In addition to this vote that will likely place our kids and grandkids into slavery, she also voted a while back to support NSA's ability to read our emails and listen to our phone calls.

    Unless the Republicans can come up with a better candidate for Senator, Tennant is looking better and better. Having no voting record is better than Capito's.

    • The bookman

      You gotta be kidding...learn from the past or you are destined to repeat it...when you have lost the battle sometimes retreating to fight another day is the smart move ...she may not be perfect, but at least she isn't an advocate of Obama's agenda as Tennant would certainly be!

      • RogerD

        Lost the battle? There was no battle. A few brave soldiers stood out and were shot by the Democrats, the media, and even by some in their own party. I didn't hear Capito come to their defense or even raise an alarm. Our country does not need more RINO's like her. We have enough already.

        • The bookman

          Then rally support for a further to the right candidate in the primary and accept the voice of the voter...having Tennant in her place wouldn't strengthen your position, unless of course your true intention is to bash Capito to steer support to Tennant as many other left leaning posters have been doing lately !

  • john

    Remember Benghazi, I.R.S.targeting the tea party, gun running in Mexico,
    Egypt civil unrest, Syria, our new best friends Iran, the failure of the Obamacare roll out, a justice dept. that picks and the laws that will be enforced All these scandals have not received any attention lately, because of the government shutdown. Obama welcomed the government shutdown he did nothing to help end the crises in fact he did everything in his power to keep it going. Use a new crises to take the attention off existing scandals. Someone must be getting close to something Obama. Doesn't want out. I hope conservatives keep digging. Next big thing is going to be letting all the illegals in, there's another 30 million leaches living off the the taxpayers, 99.9% of them will be democrats.

    • J the C

      " All these scandals" aren't scandals at all.. Just the efforts of silly red necks to stifle our government because there's a black man in the white house.

      • WVMom

        You seriously need to educate yourself on the real facts. Don't worry Obama made sure you got your foodstamps this month so you can sleep good tonight. Maybe next year you will have to look for a job. lol

      • john

        Tell that to families of the people killed in Benghazi, I believe they're really dead thanks to a progressive community organizer in the whitehouse. The race card is getting pretty old, but if that's all you got to support Obama I understand.

  • grey4449

    What country would be 17 trillion in debt and then add to the debt with a massive healthcare plan. King Obama has done it with no thought how much more he is hurting our country. Oh wait maybe King Obama does no what hes doing. Socialism at its finest. Its a very dark time for our country. "God Help Us All"

    • J the C

      "KingObama" "socialism" ? grey, you are an ignorant tool. People like you guarantee that West Virginians will always be of marginal importance in the eyes of the rest of the country.

  • Low Rider

    I'm going to call Visa and see if they will raise my credit limit so I can buy a beach house. Wait...what? You mean I can't do that? Entitlement spending is totally reckless and out of control. Someday we will all pay for the fiscal abuse of the government.

    • C.Hoffman

      We are already paying for the fiscal abuses of government Low Rider and with more than pecuniary pain.