Party leaders of the United States Senate
Sixteen days into the government shutdown, the Senate and House voted Wednesday evening to end the fiscal stalemate.
A vote that would reopen the government and extend the U.S. borrowing limit will not come up for a House vote.
A one-year delay in key parts of the nation’s health care law and repealing a tax on medical devices has been imposed by the Republican controlled House.
A Democratic aide said U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is “guardedly optimistic” that his chamber will approve limited military strikes next week against Syria.
A one-time aide to former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott said Thursday that the Mississippi Republican has suffered a ruptured appendix.