Deal Reached on U.S. Budget Extension, Says Top Senator

July 31, 2012 | By
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Harry Reid and John Boehner

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced a deal was reached Tuesday to keep funding the U.S. government through next March, avoiding a potential partisan shutdown fight ahead of November’s election.

Reid said the deal on the so-called continuing resolution was reached between himself, Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner, and President Barack Obama, and will allow operations to continue through the first quarter of 2013.

“It will provide stability for the coming months,” Reid told reporters.

“This is very good, because we can resolve these critical issues that directly affect the country as soon as the election is over and move on to do good things,” he added. “It puts this out of the way.”

Reid said it was not possible to draft the document and vote on it by the time Congress goes on its August recess on Friday, “but we’ve got an agreement, we’ll vote on it when we get back in September.”

He said the deal was forged in a “spirit of compromise,” a rare feat these days on Capitol Hill where partisan bickering has become the norm among lawmakers.

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