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Vt. congressional delegation to vote for budget deal

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WASHINGTON -

A deal in Washington to avert a fiscal crisis and reopen the government.

Senate leaders announced the agreement Wednesday afternoon that would fund the government through Jan. 15 and raise the debt ceiling through Feb. 7 so the U.S. does not default on its loans.

The members of Vermont's congressional delegation all plan to vote for the compromise, though Sen. Bernie Sanders strongly criticized the plan for keeping sequestration-level funding in place.

"Maybe the time is long overdue that we stood up for the working families of this country, for the children and for the elderly and not move toward deficit reduction on the backs of the most vulnerable people," said Sanders, I-Vermont.

"So, this struggle has damaged the institution, but the principles that were at stake are now resolved. One, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. Two, you cannot use the tactic of shutdown or the tactic of default as a way to get your way on your agenda," said Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont.

"Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed in the Senate today. Now we can finally vote on the path forward that President Obama and congressional Democrats have long urged, to get past these manufactured crises and engage in meaningful negotiations without the threat of economic Armageddon hanging over the nation," said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont.

Leahy was supposed to be in Burlington Wednesday night to accept the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award, but he is staying in Washington to vote on the deal.

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