Government shutdown dodged: Congress finds deal

This gives us a little relief, but not for long. This takes us through the holidays and the President's State of the Union. Which is scheduled for January 24, 2012. I can only imagine that the President is already working on that speech. At least Congress decided to act like they wanted to do their job. Only time will tell how long this will last.

Capping a roller coaster week, House and Senate negotiators signed off Thursday night on a $1 trillion-plus, year-end spending bill, which the leadership will then rush to the floor as early as Friday to put to rest any threat of a government shutdown.

The White House — held at arm’s length until now — won final concessions including changes to address the funding shortfall at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, so important to President Barack Obama’s Wall Street reforms. And the final bill was also expected to strip out a Republican plan to reinstate Bush-era restrictions on travel to Cuba.

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