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House Vote Expected Late Wed. Night

October 16, 2013

Odessa American

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U.S. Capitol dome by night (file photo)

Oct. 16--U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway (Texas-11) said this afternoon he expected the House of Representatives to vote on a bill to reopen the government around 11 p.m. today.

If passed, he said, President Barack Obama would sign it quickly to get to reopen the government.

Conaway said he expected, at worst case scenario, all furloughed employees to be back to work Friday at the latest.

"The president will get it signed and then it will be sent to the Treasury to work their magic," Conaway said in a phone interview late Wednesday afternoon.

During an August town hall meeting in Odessa, Conaway said he was against a government shutdown, and he reiterated that point Wednesday. The shutdown, he said, started as standoff between Republicans and Democrats as a way to delay or defund the president's signature healthcare law. Coming out of the shutdown "with a win," Conaway said, was "difficult to foresee."

Still, despite national media polls that stated the GOP has taken a hit in approval ratings, Conaway said he was confident people would see they tried to do what they felt was in the best interest of the American people.

"(Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid) had a royal straight flush and we had no cards at all," Conaway said. "We got beat and now it's time to get off this and move forward."

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