The recent bipartisan budget deal to avoid a government shutdown was a Development of political pain avoidance for Republican members of the House and Senate. By passing this deal, congress avoided passing more controversial and divisive budget cuts that could alienate moderates and more centrist members. This deal also showed a willingness to work together across party lines to find common ground on a difficult issue. This act of cooperation was not lost on the American public, as many are now hopeful that Congress will continue to work together in order to address the nation’s most pressing concerns. The deal was also a success for the moderates within the Republican Party who viewed the proposed cuts as extreme and unnecessary.