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Senate chaplain offers prayer before shutdown deal announced

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 01:27

Oct. 16 - Senate Chaplain Barry Black, who has become a source of spiritual inspiration for some, publicly admonishing the Senate during the government shutdown, offered comforting words to the U.S. Senate prior to the announcement of a deal ending the shutdown and raising the debt ceiling. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Senate Chaplain Barry Black, who has become a source of spiritual inspiration for some, publicly admonishing the Senate during the government shutdown, offered comforting words to the U.S. Senate Wednesday (October 16) prior to the announcement of a deal ending the shutdown and raising the debt ceiling. "Lord, we see a faint light at the end of the long, dark tunnel," the Chaplain read ahead of the opening of the morning session. "Thank you for lawmakers who understand that when everyone loses, America loses." "We're grateful also for senators who know that before they are Democrat, Republican or Independent, they are Americans." Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spent several minutes before moving on to the session's main agenda thanking Black for holding the Senate accountable for the shutdown's drama. "Admiral Black has for me, during this long period of crisis we've had in the country, been a voice of stability, a voice of inspiration to me," Reid said. "And I'm being very selfish in saying me, but it's been for the entire Senate and the country."

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Senate chaplain offers prayer before shutdown deal announced

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 01:27