Budget and debt deal fight will rise again soon - Oct 17th, 2013 - National
Much of the government opens for business today.
Just before the deadline Congress approved and President Obama signed legislation to avert a U.S. government default on its debts. The bill also ends a 16-day partial government shutdown, meaning furloughed federal employees are headed back to work. Those federal employees will be paid for the time they were gone.
The bills passage sets up another collision over spending and borrowing early next year. The legislation that ends the partial government shutdown and increases the debt limit is only a temporary fix. It funds the government only through Jan. 15 and allows normal borrowing through Feb. 7, or a little longer.