The United States Senate kept working, making compromises, doing the ordinary business of governing, and passed a bill. At 2 in the morning, New Year's Day. And an 89 - 8 vote means that it was a bipartisan effort.
This is the best present the Congress could give the country.
If we can get the House of Representatives to follow suit, we will have taken our government back from the intransigents.
2013 could be an excellent year for improving public order in the United States.