Posted at: 10/16/2013 3:35 PM

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Government Shutdown Could End Tonight


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WASHINGTON (AP) - Speaker John Boehner and other top House Republican leaders intend to vote for the bipartisan agreement worked out in the Senate to avoid a financial default and reopen the government.
    
Officials said Wednesday that the leaders made their intentions clear at a closed-door meeting of rank and file Republicans.
    
Boehner in a statement said the House, quote, "fought with everything" it had to persuade President Barack Obama to engage in bipartisan negotiations on the country's debt and the 3-year-old health care law. He vowed that the fight will continue.
    
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the internal deliberations.
    
BUDGET BATTLE-OBAMA
    
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is urging quick congressional approval of a deal to raise the debt ceiling and end the partial government shutdown.
    
White House spokesman Jay Carney says the deal reached by Senate leaders "achieves what's necessary" to reopen the government, remove the threat of default and move past brinksmanship.
    
Carney says the agreement is bipartisan and that President Barack Obama is looking for Congress to act so he can sign it and remove the threat to the economy.
    
Obama's spokesman is praising Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell for working together.
    
Reid announced the deal at the start of Wednesday's Senate session.
    
The agreement would reopen the government through January 15 and increase the nation's borrowing authority through February 7.