Late Wednesday night, Congress passed legislation to reopen the federal government until Jan. 15, 2014, and increase the country’s borrowing authority until Feb. 7. The bill also authorizes back pay for federal workers furloughed during the 16-day shutdown.
U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger issued the following statement:
“While this deal is not perfect, it will return hundreds of thousands of Americans to work and ensure our country’s bills are paid on time. It will ultimately preserve our country’s sterling financial reputation.
"This reckless 16-day shutdown has cost taxpayers $300 million per day and could have been avoided if all lawmakers put what’s best for the country ahead of their personal ideology. The shutdown has hurt families already and default would have made a bad situation worse, increasing interest rates on mortgage loans, auto loans and credit cards and jeopardizing critical support to veterans and seniors.
"Lawmakers must learn that compromise is not a dirty word. I look forward to restoring regular order to Congress and passing a responsible budget as we have been elected to do. We must work together to avoid a repeat of this calamity when the funding and debt ceiling deadlines in this bill expire next year."