Government Shutdown Comes to an End



Government Shutdown Rally

Jane Collins, Co-Editor-In-Chief

On Thursday, October 17th, the government shutdown ended as President Obama signed a bill that passed the new budget and will allow for the debt ceiling to be raised through February.

Earlier outrage from select Republicans targeted Obama’s health care plan, which was the main reason for the budget raise. The House of Representatives did not originally pass the bill by the October 1st deadline, resulting in the government shutdown, leaving thousands of government employees furloughed. The Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) began on October 1st regardless.

Following Thursday’s events, Mr. Obama made a speech in the White House where he said, “You don’t like a particular policy, or a particular president, then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election. Push to change it. But don’t break it.”

The 16 day long shutdown delayed economic growth, closed National Parks, kept many FDA, IRS, and FCC workers at home, and further divided Republicans and Democrats.

Thursday, government employees returned to work, National Parks began reopening, and the popular “Panda Cub” cam began rebroadcasting from the National Zoo.