Like rubbing salt in an open wound, it was announced Wednesday that the House would vote first on any Senate deal to reopen government and lift the debt ceiling. The move to pass a deal that many conservatives see as a capitulation, indicates that Congress is moving quickly to put the debate behind it. With the House moving first, Reid can avoid some procedural hurdles to send a deal quickly to President Obama.

Although details haven’t been finalized, the Senate deal is now expected to fund government through December 15 and lift the debt ceiling until early February. If the Treasury uses its “extraordinary” measures to manage cash and debt, the debt ceiling would be pushed until May or June.

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