A proposed congressional budget agreement would avoid a government shutdown in January and set spending for defense and domestic programs.
PENINSULA, Ohio - While there is a big collective sigh of relief in Peninsula now that the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Scenic Railroad are open again, the financial damage has be done.
The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to congress letting them know 55 area businesses were hit hard by a loss of business during the government shut down.
Century Cycle, which does a huge rental business for the park's hike and bike, lost at least $5,000 per week while the park was closed.
The famous Fisher's Cafe and Pub in Peninsula has been around for 50 years, but lost a lot of business during the village's busy season.
The park and railroad shutdown hit when fall colors are at their peak in the park, drawing thousands of visitors from all over the world.
Servers lost hundreds of dollars in tips, but are looking forward to seeing familiar faces this weekend.
The Fisher's cafe also has two more Friday night Clambakes this October and Lobsterfest runs through November on Wednesday nights.
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad had to refund 3,000 customers and reservations for the popular Polar Express are down 17 percent.
The Towpath Marathon was already rescheduled for Nov. 3 because of the government shutdown.
But with two weeks left in October, many workers and shop owners hope to see an influx of visitors.
One village evident said he plans to make his opinion known about the government shutdown during the next congressional election.
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.