U.S. House passes bill to reopen government, increase debt limit

WASHINGTON Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:20pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives late on Wednesday passed legislation to avoid a damaging default on government debt and to reopen federal agencies shuttered when funding ran out on October 1.

The House vote came hours after the Senate overwhelmingly approved the bill. President Barack Obama earlier on Wednesday said he will promptly sign the bill into law.

(Reporting By Richard Cowan and David Lawder; editing by Jackie Frank)

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weedouthate wrote:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. understood that our individual and collective abundance draws from spirituality and so did our founding fathers. Separation from church and state does not mean detachment from our respective spiritual roots. Government should set a framework which allows the individual and organized religious institutions freedom to tap their respective spiritual roots. Scorched earth tactics that threaten to detach everyone from this freedom only delay society natural progression. Common ground provides only temporary solutions, because it will allow the groundswell of resentment to build-up. By participating in a social fabric of society, we actually do not minimize our fortune, we enrich it. When I listen to Dr. King’s rhetoric I become energized with spiritual life from within it. People with means and abundance will want to share, and those who receive will no feel so entitled. Everyone will want to contribute to the best of their ability to for drawing unlimited spiritual life from their spiritual roots. These spiritual roots energize the grassroots. Once we begin to conduct life, we become the life that we share. What we as a people need to do, in the name of Martin Luther King, Jr. and everything that he stood for, is to reveal what’s behind the divisive rhetoric. Our founding fathers were a very clever and spiritual bunch. They understood the nature of our collective pursuit of happiness that would be unleashed. They also understood the nature of the weed patch that would come about as a result of the checks and balances. For without this particularly virulent weed patch, once rooted out and composted, we would never have had the possibility for all of us to enrich and to attain that Promised Land vision that Dr. King set before us.

Oct 16, 2013 10:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Art_NJr wrote:
“The House vote came hours after the Senate overwhelmingly approved the bill.”
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So CONgress isn’t even pretending to follow the Constitution amymore. Article I, Section 7: All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other bills.

Oct 16, 2013 12:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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