Government Reopened: What’s Next for Furloughed Employees?
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-Ky.) finally landed on a workable deal, and the government shutdown ended Wednesday. With borrowing authority running out on Thursday, the Wednesday night conclusion to the Washington standoff waited until the last possible moment.
The sixteenth day of the shutdown was a result of Republican refusals to pass a clean spending bill without anti-Obamacare measures. This spawned financial concern that the U.S. might default on its debts — concerns that can now largely be put to rest. With queries about ending the government shutdown all but answered, the only remaining questions concern how the government will go about starting back up.
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced late Wednesday afternoon that he was confident the government would be fully open the following day. Looking back to the beginning of the shutdown, furloughed employees were given a blanket statement on October 1, instructing that they would “be expected to return to work on [their] next regular duty day” upon the end of the shutdown.