Congress has passed a bill to end the government shutdown and extend the debt ceiling. Federal employees will be returning to work tomorrow. 1 November 2013 payments for military, veterans, Social Security, etc. will all come as expected.
Tomorrow, I will begin writing about how to prepare for the next time we find ourselves in this situation. The bill only extends the debt ceiling into February, so we may well find ourselves back in this exact same situation then. Let's take this time to get prepared.