SENATE DEAL WOULD OPEN GOVERNMENT, AVERT DEFAULT - AND KEEP SEQUESTRATION - October 16, 2013
Congress expected to vote on the package today or tonight
By John T. Bennett, Federal Times
U.S. Senate leaders have agreed to a deal that would fund the federal government through January 15, 2014, and extend the debt ceiling until February 7, 2014. The Senate will consider the bill this evening. If the Senate approves it, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the bill tonight. The agreement, which includes back pay for furloughed federal employees, but maintains sequestration, is expected to pass both chambers and be signed into law.
The Federal Managers Association (FMA) supports this effort to end the shutdown and return federal managers to work, but urges lawmakers to work on a long-term budget that ends the sequester.