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UPDATE: Senate Passes Debt Deal

The Senate voted Wednesday to reopen the government among other measures.
WHAG NEWS - The Senate voted 81-18 late Wednesday to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.

The government was shutdown for 16 days, and the vote came within hours of a deadline to avert default on its debts.

After the Senate vote, and even before the House took up the measure, President Obama said he will sign the bill as soon as it arrives on his desk, according to NBC News.

The House is also expected to approve the bill and send it to the president's desk for signature within hours.

Previously Published: A measure that would get the government to reopen is awaiting approval, after a group of 14 bipartisan senators got together to hammer out a deal Wednesday afternoon. 

The measure was presented to Senate leadership Sunday, when it was rejected but later accepted on Monday. However with a looming debt ceiling deadline, the Senate was forced to take action. 

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin was a member of the team and says they're focused on simply getting the government back to work. 

"This is not about Obamacare, it's not about energy, it's not about anything other than the finances of our country. So once we got down to how do we agree on a number that we shouldn't spend more, which is called the "continuing situation", we forced them to fo into a budget conference. They're going to work on a Democratic Republican budget, to see if they can get a long-term budget," said Sen. Manchin (D) WV. 

We'll continue to monitor this situation and bring you the latest developments. 
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