The House passed legislation Wednesday night to avoid a threatened national default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown.
The legislation would permit the Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7 or up to a month longer, and fund the government through Jan. 15. More than two million federal workers would be paid – those who had remained on the job and those who had been furloughed.
The Senate passed a bill earlier in the night ending the shutdown and raising the debt ceiling.
Now it goes to the President for his signature.
It is a start, even though it is only temporary.