The legislation funds the government through January 15, 2014 and allows the Treasury to borrow normally through February 7, 2014.
A last minute deal was made, and the U.S. averted a default by raising the debt ceiling and ended a 16-day partial government shutdown.
The legislation signed by President Barack Obama late Wednesday funds the government through January 15, 2014 and allows the Treasury to borrow normally through February 7, 2014.
8th District Congressman Chris Van Hollen, hopes we do not see a repeat of this situation in 2014.
"We all have differences on issues. There are debates between Democrats and Republican and Independents all the time. We should have those debates in places like a budget negotiation. What we should not have is people threatening to shutdown the government or default on our debt if they don't get their way in those negotiations. And I hope that everyone will have learned that lesson going forward," Van Hollen said.
Senator Ben Cardin says the shutdown and impending default by the U.S. Government damaged the economy, and Congress should not put the country in this predicament again.
"So, I would hope that this lesson would be learned and that we would never again put the American economy in that position again," Cardin said.
Federal employees will get paid for the days they were furloughed.