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Government shutdown ends, Denham votes ‘no’

POSTED October 17, 2013 8:15 p.m.

After a 16-day shutdown, the federal government has reopened thus allowing thousands of furloughed employees to get back to work.

In a 285-144 vote on Wednesday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives finally ended the partial government shutdown that saw federal agencies and programs come to a halt for over two weeks.

With the political standoff ending, the White House budget office announced that federal employees could return to work on Thursday morning. And while the shutdown came as a result of an impasse between the Republican-led House and Democrat-controlled Senate regarding the Affordable Health Care Act, the result made no significant changes to President Obama’s healthcare law that went into effect on Oct. 1.

The bill ending the shutdown will provide funds to keep the federal government open and running through Jan. 15, avoiding the Thursday debt-ceiling deadline that would have seen the government go into default. Additionally, the deal is calling for the creation of a House-Senate bipartisan panel that will work together to discuss long-term plans to reduce the federal deficit.

Although the bill did pass in the House, not all House Republicans voted in favor of reopening the government, including Congressman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock).

In a statement regarding his vote, Rep. Denham said that his priority remains to end over-the-top government spending.

“My priority is finding a long-term plan to end our out-of-control spending which has left each man, woman and child in our county on the hook for over $50,000 of debt as we reach our $17 trillion debt limit,” said Denham. “The American people deserve long-term solutions to stop the spending, stop running up the debt and give real certainty to families across the country and the financial markets so we can get back on a path to economic success and job growth.”

According to financial services company Standard & Poor’s, the 16-day government shutdown cost the U.S. economy a total of $24 billion.

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