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Thu October 17, 2013
Politics

Tennessee Congressional Delegation Divided Over Fed Restart

A webcam shot of the U.S. Capital building taken Thursday morning.
A webcam shot of the U.S. Capital building taken Thursday morning.
Credit senate.gov

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee’s congressional delegation was divided over Wednesday night’s vote to re-open the government and raise the federal debt ceiling.

Hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers were back at work Thursday morning after 16 days off the job. The workers have been furloughed since the partial government shutdown began Oct. 1.

Tennessee’s Republican senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, both voted for yesterday’s compromise legislation. The state’s two Democratic Representatives, Jim Cooper and Steve Cohen, also voted for the bill.

All seven Tennessee Republican House members voted against the measure.

The bill only extends the federal budget and debt limit for roughly 90 days, suggesting the Washington budget wars are likely to continue.