The government could reopen as soon as Thursday, so long as the compromise deal to raise the debt ceiling and end the shutdown is quickly signed by both chambers of Congress and President Barack Obama, Republican Rep. James Lankford of Oklahoma told CNBC on Wednesday.
"The Senate votes today. If the House votes today, as well and the president signs it, it could be back open to start limping back in by tomorrow. So things can turnaround quickly on that. It's just a matter of getting things signed and done," Lankford told "Power Lunch."
Though Lankford suggested quick passage of the deal was important to end the shutdown and avert the nation's first debt default, he admitted he had not yet read the legislation. Lankford said the House would review the details of the deal Wednesday afternoon.