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October 17, 2013

Grassley among 18 to oppose bill ending shutdown

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley was among 18 senators who voted against a measure that reopened the federal government and avoided a financial default.

Grassley, a Republican, says he voted Wednesday night against the measure worked out by Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell because it did nothing to address the nation's debt.

In a statement, Grassley says President Barack Obama "refuses to lead for fiscal responsibility, both short and long term, even with a government shutdown."

Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat, voted in favor of the measure.

The measure was approved 81 to 18 and now moves to the House.

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