The U.S. government shutdown ended when President Obama signed a bill at 12:30 a.m. Thursday. Read about the bill and who was the most affected by the shutdown.
The shutdown happened because Congress, (the Senate and House of Representatives) couldn’t agree how to fund certain things. One big debate was healthcare reform, also known as “Obamacare” and the Affordable Care Act. Another debate was the debt ceiling, meaning how much money the U.S. government can borrow.
Since there were disagreements, the government decided to shutdown. In order to end the shutdown both the Senate and the House had to agree on a bill that would determine funding for certain things, such as the healthcare reform and the debt ceiling.
Late Wednesday the Senate approved a bill 81-18. Then it went to the House, where the bill passed 285-144. When the bill was passed by both the House and the Senate, President Obama signed it at 12:30 a.m. Thursday. This officially ended the shutdown, which lasted 16 days.
If Congress had not approved the debt limit increase, the government would have started running out of money to pay its bills. About 800,000 employees returned to work Thursday.
Check out these links to see who was most affected by the U.S. government shutdown
We found this infographic from the Huffington Post that explains how National Parks lost millions of dollars.