Washington, D.C. (NNCNOW.com) - President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to re-open the government and extend the debt ceiling – just hours after the House and Senate passed the measure with broad bipartisan support.
The Senate voted 81-18.
The House voted 285-144.
"I want to thank the leadership for coming together this done, but hopefully next time it wont be in the 11th hour," President Obama said following the Senate vote.
The plan reopens the Government though January 15th with back pay for furloughed federal workers.
It would also raise the debt ceiling through February 7th.
Senator Al Franken of Minnesota also sent out the following statement on the passage of the bill to end the shutdown"
“Minnesotans are rightly frustrated with Washington, and I am too. I hope those Members of Congress who caused this shutdown learn that the American people don’t want us to govern by lurching from crisis to crisis. I hope we are able to return to working on the issues we should be focused on: putting people back to work, educating our kids, and strengthening our economic recovery.”