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WASHINGTON, DC (WWAY) — The government reopens its doors today after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan measure last night to end a 16-day partial shutdown and avert the possibility of an economy-jarring federal default.

President Barack Obama signed the measure early this morning.

Many House Republicans, including one who represents part of southeastern North Carolina, voted against the compromise to reopen the government through Jan. 15 and increase the nation’s borrowing authority through Feb. 7.

Rep. Walter Jones, a Republican who’s 3rd District runs from downtown Wilmington to the Virginia line, voted against the measure last night.

“As the only member of Congress to vote against every debt ceiling increase in the last 10 years, I cannot in good conscience support a piece of legislation that does absolutely nothing to address the most pressing issue facing our country – out of control spending,” Jones said in a statement. “When the national debt is an astonishing $17 trillion, the last thing Washington needs is permission to continue its reckless spending habits.”

Jones also says he does not like that the bill leaves Obamacare in tact.

The government has been shut down for 16 days, and the Treasury Department says today the country would have run out of money to pay its debts if a measure was not approved.

With a predicted economic catastrophe looming, the deal has support from the rest of the Cape Fear’s Congressional delegation.

“I wasn’t elected to shutdown the government or play political games, and it’s time for Congress to stop manufacturing crises and get to work on a long-term, bipartisan and balanced plan to get our fiscal house in order, grow our economy and give certainty to families and business owners,” Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) said in a statement. Hagan voted in support of the compromise.

Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District) says he’s been working with colleagues since the shutdown began to end it.

“It is good that we will avoid an economic default and open the doors of government,” McIntyre said in a statement. “However, we should continue bipartisan discussions with the goal of putting forth a long-term deficit reduction agreement to get our fiscal house in order and finding other areas of cooperation, including a Balanced Budget Amendment.”

McIntyre also voted in support of the measure to end the 16-day shutdown.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) was the only member of the delegation who did not say ahead of the Senate count how he planned to vote. In the end, he joined the majority in the upper house to get back to business in Washington.

“I have been clear that I believed that defunding Obamacare by shutting down the federal government was unachievable,” Burr said in a statement after the Senate vote. “The decision to shut down the government has been viewed, rightfully, by the American people as irresponsible governing.”

President Barack Obama signed legislation after Congress passed a bill to allow the Treasury to borrow normally through at least Feb. 7 and fund the government through Jan. 15. And federal workers will be paid for the time they were furloughed.

Standard & Poor’s estimated the shutdown has taken $24 billion out of the economy.

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  • Vog46

    You pay for Tricare for military
    You pay for healthcare for active military
    You pay for Medicare for seniors
    You help pay for retiree Healthcare for state and local government workers.
    And No ONE, NO ONE wants to recommend NOT paying for it because they’d lose too many votes.

    You’ve been paying for it for years.

    Vog

  • Citizen123

    One short comment….. This is a result of an incompetent government. But ultimately it falls on the shoulders of our Commander And Chief. I pity this Counrty under the leadership of Obama. God help our country.

  • Vog46

    Our illustrious politicians gave government workers 16 days off and then paid them retroactively effectively giving them a 3% pay raise.
    And these guys call themselves fiscally responsible by Giving Billions in earmarks for McConnells state and others?
    BOTH parties are at fault here but when the HOUSE voted for retroactive pay for federal workers I knew they were bluffing.
    What a bunch of buffoons – 16 days, risked credit down grades, and for what? Income verification that’s already in Obamacare?

    Good grief
    Vog

  • Getemfido

    Wow me neither. Way to go james dean.

  • beach guy

    I agree with you completely but the real kick in the pants is that they have the right by this law to ether take the money from your checking/savings account or your tax return or garnish your wages or file a Tax lien and confiscate your real property.

    WELCOME TO THE NEW AMERICA ! LAND OF TYRANNY CHANGE YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT!

  • Free country

    Oh your such a rebel. Like who cares?

  • GuestToday

    You will pay the penalties (if you don’t participate) because they will be added to your tax return – if they don’t the penalty from you that way, they’ll garnish your wages.

  • bhambywayofwilmy

    So your saying that 1. you can not afford health insurance and despite the fact that the government will provide it for you…you refuse healthcare or
    2. are you saying I can afford insurance but I will not get insurance and will not pay a tax, I will just go to jail?????

    There is only a tax if you can afford ins, yet refuse to pay and just run up the cost by using the ER as your primary care DR.

  • jj

    The poor people have been voting for the Democrates forever and they are still poor. The gov’t gives them just enough to keep them hooked and not wanting to better themselves.

    I will I could get a free 16 day paid vacation.. Didn’t understand, we lay people off because we can’t pay they. They when we get money to fund the gov’t we back pay people for doing nothing. Would it not made sense if we were going to back pay they to make them work?

  • A free man

    About the ACA
    I will Not enroll
    I WILL Not comply
    I will refuse to pay any penalties
    The Government will not force this Law down my throat.
    Repeal of ACA Will be the litmus test on how the law makers voted.
    Those that voted for ACA will be removed from Office in the 2014 mid-term by the will of the people
    the ACA is a money grab for the government, resulting in sub standard health care…
    I’m not paying for that..I refuse

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