News 12 at 11 o'clock / Wednesday October 16, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WRDW) -- Bill to end government shutdown: how GA and SC Senators voted
In a 81-18 vote, the Senate passed a bill to temporarily end the partial government shutdown and raise the nation's debt ceiling. The bill would reopen the government through January 15, 2014 and permit the Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7, 2014 or perhaps a month longer.
Three out of the four Republicans representing South Carolina and Georgia voted in favor of it.
Georgia Senators Saxby Chamblis and Johnny Isakson voted "yea," as did South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham.
South Carolina Senator Timothy Scott voted "nay."
Congress faces a deadline of 11:59 p.m. Thursday when the government would reach the current $16.7 trillion debt limit and could no longer borrow to meet its obligations.