Harper said while he was not satisfied with the agreement, it was in the best interest of the country "to end the shutdown and ensure that our debts are paid."
"We could not risk default. The people of Mississippi's Third Congressional District sent me to Washington to work for them, and part of my job is to help ensure a functioning government," he said.
Cochran said the bipartisan agreement to reopen the federal government and prevent risking the nation's credit worthiness should be followed with concrete steps toward "a long-term agreement that will reduce our debt through structural changes to government spending."
"It is important that we act to restore the confidence of the American people in the United States Senate. We must take real steps to strengthen our nation's fiscal foundation so that our economy can grow, and American families and businesses can prosper," Cochran said.