Federal government reopens for business

A federal restart came Wednesday night after votes in the Senate, by 81-18, and the House, by 285-144, to end the shutdown and extend the government's power to borrow money.

Raymond James Financial Advisor Todd Osborn says they had to get it done.

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Economists and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had warned that, at an undetermined point as early as Thursday, the government was at risk of running out of money and defaulting on its bond payments.

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Greg Seibel says this is far from the first time.

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President Barack Obama said, "We'll begin reopening our government immediately and we can begin to lift this cloud of uncertainty from our businesses and the American people."

Locally, this means things are back to normal for Emporia's Farm Service Agency and Social Security offices. Checks for Women, Infants and Children clients will now resume through the Flint Hills Community Health Center-Lyon County Health Department. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is shifting to off-season operations, meaning the park buildings will be open Mondays through Saturdays instead of seven days a week but the rest of the preserve will be open 24-7.

KVOE News Director Chuck Samples contributed to this report.

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