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Howzit Howard - Budget Deadlock

(HawaiiNewsNow) - The budget deadlock has been broken. Democrats wanted more funding for disaster relief.

Republicans agreed only if they could cut renewable energy funding to compensate.

That was the stalemate, with federal spending authority expiring this coming Friday.

But standoff turned into handoff when FEMA said they have enough funding after all.

So the Senate last night voted to extend funding until a week from time and another to extend it to November 18.

The House is expected to approve the first one Friday by voice vote, and the second one next week.

Senate democratic leader Harry Reid called it a win for everyone.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell called it a reasonable way to keep the government operational.

But mcconnell also said "this fire drill was completely and totally unnecessary."

It might be noted that FEMA says it has enough money to last the week if no new disaster strikes.

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