David B. Grinberg
I’m very relieved to hear this welcome news. For many feds it will mean no more sleepless nights worrying which bills to pay and which to put aside.
However, we still need to wait for the shutdown to end for the retroactive pay to start.
Yes, I do think this marks a turning point in bipartisanship because both parties have realized the shutdown status quo is simply unacceptable and intolerable.
Americans, like furloughed feds, are “mad as hell” and won’t take much more of these school yard antics by our elected officials at the expense of financial stability for loyal and hardworking feds as well as the greater U.S. economy.
However, I personally predict the shutdown will likely not end gov-wide until Congress and the President reach a broad agreement to raise the debt ceiling on or about the Oct. 17 deadline set by the Treasury Dept — which will also include an end to the shutdown.
Thus while the news is certainly good, we may still have a ways to go before this sad saga ends. Let’s hope more good news quickly follows and our elected leaders get their respective acts together. The sooner the better.
What do YOU think?