Congress to vote on fiscal agreement as Boehner concedes defeat

Economic ‘Stability’

“The compromise we reached will provide our economy with the stability it desperately needs,” Reid said.

The partial shutdown has closed national parks, slowed clinical drug trials and led to the furlough of thousands of federal workers. The Senate proposal would provide back pay for furloughed workers, said a Democratic aide speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the plan.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the country’s largest business group, supports the agreement. Several small-government groups, including the Club for Growth, are urging lawmakers to vote against the accord.

The Senate probably will vote before the House, said a House aide speaking on condition of anonymity because the plans aren’t set.

Republicans Meet

House Republicans met for about 30 minutes and members, including Boehner, didn’t speak to reporters as they left the session.

Under the Senate agreement, House Republicans would get almost none of their priorities.

“If there is a silver lining in this cloud, it’s that hopefully this debacle means that the power of those that favor confrontation has peaked,” Senator Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, said in a statement.

Republicans persisted after the partial government shutdown started Oct. 1 and saw their approval ratings drop in polls. Hardliners resisted plans that didn’t make major changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Obama has described those requests for health-law changes as unacceptable ransom demands and insisted that Republicans relent.

Senator Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican, questioned some other Republicans’ approach to the health law.

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