Across the U.S., furloughed federal employees returned to work Thursday after Congress ended the partial shutdown of the government.  The 16-day furlough officially came to a close shortly after midnight when President Obama signed legislation extending government funding through mid-January.  The bipartisan measure also extends the federal debt ceiling into early February.  

The deal worked out by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell provides money to run the government through January 15th and extends the country's borrowing authority through February 7th.  But isn't that just kicking the can down the road?  Republican Congressman Rodney Davis hopes not.

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Fellow Republican John Shimkus:

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Standard and Poor's estimates the 16-day government shutdown caused the loss of 24-billion dollars in economic activity.  Democrat Bill Enyart did not respond to a request for comment.

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