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Oct 16, 2013 10:38 PM by MTN NEWS

Baucus welcomes deal ending shutdown, says it is "long overdue"

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Max Baucus released a statement Wednesday evening after the Senate passed a bipartisan agreement to reopen the government and avoid default.

After being passed by the Senate after 16 days of talks and efforts, the agreement now heads to the House of Representatives where a vote is expected to be cast by Wednesday night.

Senator Baucus said, "This deal is long overdue, and I am eager to see it signed into law, so our parks and public lands can reopen, our 12000 Montana federal employees can get back to work and Congress can focus on things that create jobs, like the Farm Bill."

"This shutdown never should have happened," he said. "Fighting in Washington is worse than I've ever seen it, and folks at home are getting hurt. Enough is enough," he said.

The Senator also said that Montanans deserve better and that working families and small businesses can't afford to be subjected to this disagreement all over again in a few months.

"Congress needs to remember who we work for and start putting people ahead of politics," Baucus said.

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