A proposed congressional budget agreement would avoid a government shutdown in January and set spending for defense and domestic programs.
CLEVELAND - The partial government shutdown came to an end late Wednesday night. The House and Senate voted to approve the measure, and President Obama then signed it into law.
But the plan did not include any major changes to Obamacare and there were no spending cuts. It only keeps the government running through January 15 and it extends the country's credit limit only until February 7.
Here's how our representatives voted:
Both U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, and Rob Portman, a Republican, voted in favor of the plan.
In the House of Representatives, Democrats Marci Kaptur and Marcia Fudge voted for the plan as did Republican David Joyce. Republican Jim Renacci voted against it.
Overnight, Renacci posted comments on his Facebook page: "Default is not an option but neither is the status quo," he wrote. "We are beyond fortunate to live in the greatest nation in the history of the world and I refuse to bankrupt it."
There is a way to prevent government shutdowns. A change in U.S. law would keep federal workers on the job and ensure that treasured sites stay open during a budget fight, instead of becoming political pawns.
While there is a collective sigh of relief in Peninsula now that the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Scenic Railroad are open again, the financial damage has been done.
Congress has passed legislation to reopen the partially-shuttered federal government and avert a potentially disastrous default on U.S. obligations, clearing the measure for President Barack Obama's promised signature.
The Senate has voted to avoid a financial default and reopen the government after a 16-day partial shutdown.
The reopening of national parks will be good news to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which will continue the popular "Ales on Rails" for Cleveland Beer Week, but the shutdown may keep brews made specifically for beer week out of Ohio.
Even if the government shutdown ends soon, there are many people in northeast Ohio who have gone without paychecks. With that in mind, some financial institutions are lending a hand to help.
Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day's end.
WEWS-TV Political Analyst Dr. Tom Sutton looks at the political battle over the government shutdown.
Time growing desperately short, Senate leaders took command of efforts to avert a Treasury default and end the partial government shutdown Tuesday night after a last big attempt by House Republicans abruptly collapsed.