Congress Approves - Shutdown Ends and Avoid Default
Congress has passed legislation to end the partial government and avert a default on U.S. debt obligations. The House and Senate voted tonight to clear the measure for President Obama's immediate signature.
The legislation will reopen the government through Jan. 15 and permit the U.S. Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7.
It's up to furloughed government workers to find out when to go back to work. After the president signs the legislation to reopen the government, federal employees will be expected to be back on the job on their next scheduled work day.
It could be as early as tomorrow. Most workers won't be getting a phone call to remind them.