By Liz Segrist
Published Oct. 17, 2013
Federal agencies, parks and museums are open today, as the federal government gets back to business.
An estimated 800,000 federal workers nationwide that have been furloughed are going back to work. Websites of federal agencies are functioning again — the messages of “government shutdowns” and “inactivity” have been removed.
The Senate ratified the deal, 81-18; the House ratified it, 285-144; and
President Barack Obama signed it into law shortly after midnight, according to govtrack.us.
“What we have learned from the past three weeks is clear — we have deep, underlying issues in how our nation budgets and spends,” Scott said in a statement. “Ending the government shutdown is a good thing; however, raising the debt ceiling with absolutely zero offsetting reductions in spending is the poster child for the lack of fiscal foresight that is commonplace in Washington.”
Sanford, R-S.C., voted against it, since it failed to address national debt or the nation’s spending trajectory, Sanford said in a statement.
“It doesn’t make progress towards confronting the ballooning deficits that await us around the corner,” Sanford said in a statement. “It raises the debt ceiling and funds the government without making any changes to the things that are causing the national debt to continue to expand.”
National agencies with local offices are able to begin work again, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hollings Marine Lab, U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The shutdown ensued when Congress failed to agree on a budget and pass a stopgap bill, which would temporarily provide funding for federal agencies. Conservatives in the Republican Party wanted to tie the federal budget resolution to block funding for the Affordable Care Act, which Democrats and the president refused.
All federally funded agencies deemed “nonessential” were then closed. Those with funding from other sources were able to keep some of their programs running, such as the study of the port deepening by the Army Corps of Engineers Charleston District.