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December 21, 2014

The Government is Open… What’s Next?

With another temporary budget deal in place, Devin Dwyer looks at what to expect in the coming weeks and months.

Reopening government: “As workers come back, the lights will go on in places that had gone dark.  If the 1996 shutdown/reopening is any guide, the national parks and monuments will be among the first to have the gates lifted and barricades removed… This will be a fluid process that can take hours or even days, just as we witnessed with the actual shutdown of services on Oct. 1.”

Backpay: “The deal, with the president’s signature, sets into motion re-payment of all ‘essential’ federal workers – from the White House cook to Capitol Police officers and CDC scientists – who have been working the past 16 days without any income.  It will also send forgone wages to the 800,000 furloughed federal workers who spent time sitting at home.”

Kicking the can: “The House and Senate are required to appoint budget negotiators and come up with a sweeping agreement by Dec. 13… Government funding will run out on Jan. 15, 2014, under this deal.   The debt ceiling is extended to Feb. 7, 2014.”

Obamacare: “The one thing the deal would change about the Affordable Care Act is that it would  nominally strengthen anti-fraud protection for government subsidies in the new health insurance marketplace.”

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