It’s probably obvious who is celebrating a triumph and who is pondering their existentialist crisis at the Capitol today, but for clarification, here are House Speaker John Boehner’s thoughts on the shutdown: "We fought the good fight. We just didn't win.”
The deal was brokered largely between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. It consists of what is essentially a “clean” continuing resolution. The new CR will contain no delay of the medical device tax, will fund the government until January 15, and extend the debt limit until February 7, with both houses of Congress required to go to conference by December 13. The one concession, seemingly, is an expansion of the income verification which the Department of Health and Human Services will have to conduct on people registering for insurance under Obamacare.
An aide to the Senate majority leader confirmed that talks began between Reid and McConnell sometime around Friday evening or Saturday morning, which means that House efforts this week were largely futile.
Senators emerged from a meeting this afternoon after a bipartisan agreement had been arranged. Some Republicans looked dour. Senator John Cornyn was heard to remark, “I hope we’ve all learned some lessons." Senator Ted Cruz, who announced that he won’t block the new CR, conferred at length with Senator Jeff Sessions after the end of the meeting.
The Senate is expected to vote on and pass the latest CR early this evening, and with Speaker Boehner suggesting to his caucus that they support the CR, it’s likely that the House will follow suit by tomorrow morning.