Harry Reid Announces Deal to Open Gov't; Ted Cruz Says He Won't Block Vote: VIDEOS

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Senator Harry Reid and Senator Mitch McConnell announced a deal has been made to reopen the government after 16 days of nonsense, the NYT reports:

The deal, with the government shutdown in its third week, yielded virtually no concessions to the Republicans, other than some minor tightening of income verifications for people obtaining subsidized insurance under the new health care law.

Under the agreement, the government would be funded through Jan. 15, and the debt ceiling would be raised until Feb. 7. The Senate will take up a separate motion to instruct House and Senate negotiators to reach accord by Dec. 13 on a long-term blueprint for tax and spending policies over the next decade.

Mr. McConnell stressed that under the deal, budget cuts extracted in the 2011 fiscal showdown were not reversed, as some Democrats had wanted, a slim reed that not even he claimed as a significant victory.

The deal, he said, “is far less than many of us hoped for, quite frankly, but far better than what some had sought.”

Senator Ted Cruz also held a press conference announcing he would not block a vote on the deal and trumpeting a claim of Tea Party success against Obmacare.

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  1. So we get to go through this all over again in January?

    Posted by: Roscoe | Oct 16, 2013 2:10:30 PM


  2. Ted Cruz would have gone down in the annals of American History as one of the most blighted economic pariahs of the 20th Century -- along with George Bush--as tarnishing (if not totally corroding) the vaunted, and yet disputed, image of republicans being the guardians of the economy if he didn't go along with this ("I won't interfere", indeed). Oh, but wait, he still has another chance! Boehner and Cruz: devil spawn and cancers on Congress and the Senate.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Oct 16, 2013 2:49:27 PM


  3. That's because the Koch brothers would have Cruz' head served up on a platinum platter if he threatened to mess up their money with a default.

    Now we have to do this again in Jan/Feb??? Absolutely ridiculous. Especially if he end up going through this unnecessary process again.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Oct 16, 2013 2:51:09 PM


  4. This is totally irresponsible! Thanks to the Tea Party not only is it temporary, it has already been announced that the credit rating for the United States may now very well drop ANYWAY resulting in higher rates for everyone. For what, just so the spoiled fringes of the RepubliCRAP Party can throw a tantrum felt ALL over the world for some time to come!

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 16, 2013 3:03:52 PM


  5. It seems the Tea Party is still trying to establish itself as influential in politics. In actuality they have contributed to a divide among the Republican party and not much else, unless you consider grandstanding and attempted media manipulation something. They have also helped bring the Republican party to even lower acceptability among Americans - some media outlets say the lowest ever. It seems Ted Cruz and his ilk accomplished something all right.

    If you don't like the way things run, bring a viable solution to the table. America and it's people deserve solutions not shutdowns and media speculation.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Oct 16, 2013 3:16:01 PM


  6. It seems the Tea Party is still trying to establish itself as influential in politics. In actuality they have contributed to a divide among the Republican party and not much else, unless you consider grandstanding and attempted media manipulation something. They have also helped bring the Republican party to even lower acceptability among Americans - some media outlets say the lowest ever. It seems Ted Cruz and his ilk accomplished something all right.

    If you don't like the way things run, bring a viable solution to the table. America and it's people deserve solutions not shutdowns and media speculation.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Oct 16, 2013 3:16:08 PM


  7. Ted wants to run for president? Not even the Republicans will allow his nomination. That will guarantee GOP to be out of the game for 4 more years.

    Posted by: simon | Oct 16, 2013 3:30:12 PM


  8. Lets make sure the GOP gets the message when we vote next year!!!!

    Posted by: Tom | Oct 16, 2013 3:33:56 PM


  9. I have never been into water sports,but I would give just about anything for a chance to piss on the ugly face of Ted Cruz. And if I have offended any conservative Republicans or Teabaggers with that remark, kindly please blow me.

    Posted by: domyluc | Oct 16, 2013 3:37:35 PM


  10. Ted Cruz is like the most powerful man in America. He makes Obama look lazy and inept. His secret meeting at the Tortilla Coast was like Hitler at the beer hall putsch. Ted is now the new dictator of America.

    Posted by: Kev C | Oct 16, 2013 5:49:36 PM


  11. Obama hates gay people and so do I. Perhaps of you disgusting, liberal perverts hopped on the right political party you have a chance to be normal. Ted Cruz is a hero and is the kind of man all of you should strive to be. I know I do. Gay sex isn't worth sacrificing your dignity.

    Posted by: Kev C | Oct 16, 2013 6:02:23 PM


  12. At least have the dignity to use your real name, imposter troll boy, defender of the Democrat homophobes and gay bashers.

    Posted by: Kev C | Oct 16, 2013 6:10:34 PM


  13. Imposter, reveal yourself! How very dare you insult my commitment to standing up for those who don't blindly submit to the liberal, queer agenda!!! Perhaps if you weren't such a liberal freak you'd understand that siding with those who hate and want to take away your rights isn't so bad. Stupid f@gs.

    Posted by: Kev C | Oct 16, 2013 6:15:38 PM


  14. You can always tell the troll by how fixated and off topic they become.

    It's funny how the Democrats always elevate their opponents into fame. Sarah Palin became famous because liberals didn't want to stop talking about her. 2 years after Mccain lost, they were still crazy talking about Palin.

    And Bryan Fischer, an unknown podcasting christian became famous because liberals refused to stop covering everything he said. Liberals because obsessed with Bryan, and now he's rich and famous because of liberals.

    Ted Cruz, welcome to the liberal love line. Your fame and success are guarenteed while liberals report everything you say and do.

    Posted by: Kev C | Oct 16, 2013 6:22:05 PM


  15. The caliber of elected officials in office is a sad, sad commentary on the intelligence of the American electorate.

    If they won't let us tax obscene wealth, at the very least we should be able to tax stupidity.

    Posted by: FFS | Oct 16, 2013 9:11:33 PM


  16. Not sure how this will end, but since all of the tea party's previous efforts at undermining Obama have failed, I think the safe money is on history repeating itself.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Oct 1, 2013 10:04:33 AM

    Oh look, I was right.

    BTW, Kev C,
    "You can always tell the troll by how fixated and off topic they become."
    Exactly - that's how I spot your posts!

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Oct 17, 2013 8:21:25 AM


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