Shutdown updates

EPA is instructing furloughed employees that official travel is canceled through October 13, and employees should cancel reservations they made outside GovTrip.

The bill to grant back pay to furloughed employees passed the House. It needs to pass the Senate and be signed by the President before it becomes law. If it becomes law, employees will not be eligible for unemployment benefits, but will receive pay from the federal government sometime after the shutdown ends.

Meanwhile, the debt limit will be reached on October 17. No word yet on how Congress intends to address that.