Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have struck a deal that is being voted on in the house as I write this. The deal will fund the government through the end of next week to avoid a government shutdown. Next week negotiators will hammer out the details of the final budget agreement that will fund the budget till the end of the fiscal year. The controversial provision of taking funding away from planned parenthood was removed with the proviso that the Senate would hold a separate vote on it at a later date. The amount cut from this years budget is microscopic compared with what needs to be cut. The Republicans had this much trouble getting the Dem's to go along with cutting 30 some billion this year. What is going to happen when they start trying to cut Trillions? I think the Republicans blinked at the Democrats threats. I think the Dem's won this showdown, but the Republicans live to fight another day, and I have hope that they will keep fighting the good fight to free our country from the chains of this colossal debt. "This has been a lot of discussion and a long fight," said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Republicans fought to "create a better environment for job creators in our country." "difficult but important for the country." said Senator Harry Reid. The President said the cuts are "painful" but necessary for the economic future of our country.