Congress Ends 16-day Government Shutdown
The 16- day government shutdown came to an end on Thursday, October 17th after Congress approved a bipartisan measure to avoid a financial default. The legislation will fund the government through Jan. 15 and permit it to borrow through Feb. 7. President Obama signed the measure early Thursday allowing the federal government to reopen and employees to return to work. Republican conservatives intended the budget impasse to keep the new health care law from being funded, or at least stall its implementation, but their efforts only cost the U.S.'s economy an estimated $24 billion and damaged the nation's international credibility.
By Jordan Moses
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