U.S.Congress Passes Bill To End Government Shutdown, Raise Debt Limit
Thus ends the 16-day shutdown of U.S. government, and with it the closure of national parks and monuments. The local economies dependent on the parks will rejoice, though long term damage will take a while to calculate.
The U.S. House of Representatives late on Wednesday passed legislation to avoid a damaging default on government debt and to reopen federal agencies shuttered when funding ran out on October 1.
The House vote came hours after the Senate overwhelmingly approved the bill. President Barack Obama earlier on Wednesday said he will promptly sign the bill into law.