How The Shutdown's End Affects Colorado

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The end of the government shutdown will have a big impact in Colorado.

The bill itself--passed Wednesday night to put a temporary end to the Washington stalemate--included a section calling for an increase in Highway Emergency Response funds for roads damaged in Colorado's flooding.

The end of the shutdown also means all of the state's national parks will once again be open. Rocky Mountain National Park was among a handful of national parks that reopened after President Obama approved a request by several governors to allow states to use their own money to fund the parks. But some of Colorado's national parks remained closed during the entire shutdown. Those will now be reopened.

A number of services for troops and their families will also be restored.

Both senators for Colorado voted for the shutdown deal, as did all but one of Colorado's representatives. Rep. Doug Lamborn was the lone holdout.

"I don't believe our efforts have been in vain," he said about the shutdown. "We have called attention to the need to reform federal spending."

The current deal only funds the government through January, and extends the debt ceiling through February, Once those dates roll around, we could be in the same boat.

But for now, life in the U.S. will return to normal for those impacted by the shutdown.



 
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