A proposed congressional budget agreement would avoid a government shutdown in January and set spending for defense and domestic programs.
AKRON, Ohio - The Stew Pot Kitchen sits in the shadows of the federal building in downtown Akron.
Scott Malensek, the owner, said the location has provided a steady flow of business.
"We enjoyed all the wonderful fun of the Jimmy Dimora trial and all of the news vans out front, for months on end." Malensek said.
According to Malensek, business has been going well, but he has noticed a drop off since the shutdown.
"I don't know exactly how many customers we've lost or not had or that kind of a thing, but there is definitely a difference."
Three years ago, cancer caused Malensek to loose his right eye. On top of that, his wife has multiple sclerosis and requires expensive medications every month.
He said he wants to see a change in health care, but the shutdown is not the way to go.
"I want health care so bad and I want coverage so bad. And I want customers badly and I want federal customers badly. But this is not the way to do it. Get your act together, sit down at table."
There is a way to prevent government shutdowns. A change in U.S. law would keep federal workers on the job and ensure that treasured sites stay open during a budget fight, instead of becoming political pawns.
While there is a collective sigh of relief in Peninsula now that the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Scenic Railroad are open again, the financial damage has been done.
Congress has passed legislation to reopen the partially-shuttered federal government and avert a potentially disastrous default on U.S. obligations, clearing the measure for President Barack Obama's promised signature.
The Senate has voted to avoid a financial default and reopen the government after a 16-day partial shutdown.
The reopening of national parks will be good news to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which will continue the popular "Ales on Rails" for Cleveland Beer Week, but the shutdown may keep brews made specifically for beer week out of Ohio.
Even if the government shutdown ends soon, there are many people in northeast Ohio who have gone without paychecks. With that in mind, some financial institutions are lending a hand to help.
Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day's end.
WEWS-TV Political Analyst Dr. Tom Sutton looks at the political battle over the government shutdown.
Time growing desperately short, Senate leaders took command of efforts to avert a Treasury default and end the partial government shutdown Tuesday night after a last big attempt by House Republicans abruptly collapsed.