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Grassley, King vote against bill ending shutdown

Published: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 10:42 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — Members of Iowa’s congressional delegation welcomed a vote to re-open the federal government even though it means they’ll be back at the bulwarks again in January.

Republican congressmen Rep. Steve King and Sen. Chuck Grassley were the only two in Iowa's congressional delegation to vote against the bill.

The “grand compromise that isn’t so grand,” Grassley said in describing a short-term funding agreement reached by Senate negotiators to keep the government open until Jan. 15 and raise the debt ceiling until Feb. 7.

Grassley was one of 18 senators to vote against the deal that ended the federal government shutdown.

And 1st District Rep. Bruce Braley, who hopes to succeed Harkin in the Senate, said Americans deserve to have the federal government re-opened and its bills paid.

“I’m optimistic that proposal announced this morning is going to provide the vehicle to finally bring people together” by sending the budget issues to a House-Senate conference committee. The agreement, he said, should “provide certainty and stability.”

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