Government reopens as Congress finds compromise. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox takes office. Matheson, Love raise same amount.
Happy Thursday. The Great Government Shutdown of 2013 is officially over as Congress funded the government and raised the debt limit until early next year. The 800,000 furloughed federal workers will return back to work, and federally funded programs will be up and running. [Trib] [WaPost] [CNN]
-> It's a sad day for conservatives who fought Obamacare and had hoped the fight would have earned them some concessions. "We're all pretty down," says Rep. Raul Labrador. "We tried," added Rep. Mick Mulvaney. "We lost."
Topping the news: Congratulations to Utah's new Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox. The Utah Senate unanimously confirmed him, and he was later sworn in by U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart in the Capitol Gold Room. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV]
Tweets of the day: From @matthew_piper: "To the Redskins/shutdown joke writers, there's something in there about which Washington institution punts more. You can do it."
From @MonicaHesse: "So tomorrow officially becomes Take Your Fed to Work Day."
From @andresdavid: "Same time next crisis, guys?"
Happy birthday: To state Rep. Mike Noel.
-> With the shutdown over, President Barack Obama plans to push immigration and climate change policies, but has acknowledged that Republicans might oppose such efforts. [WaPost]
-> Rep. Rob Bishop says that erecting barriers at open-air monuments might have been illegal, while the head of the National Parks Service testified the lack of staff compelled him to close the gates to protect the national icons. [Trib]
-> Utah lawmakers have varying opinions of junior Sen. Mike Lee's role in the federal shutdown. [Fox13]
-> Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell may have got a sweetener in the end-the-shutdown measure. [WaPost]
-> Pat Bagley suggests Sen. Ted Cruz took his buddy Mike Lee out drinking and this is the result. [Trib]
In other news: Utah lawmakers are debating the state's alcohol laws, including the possibility of being the first state to lower the legal blood-alcohol content from .08 to .05. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]
-> Sandy City Council dropped the ban that moved protestors from gathering within 100 feet of their intended targets property line, reversing a decision made earlier in September. [Trib]
-> Utah cities and counties asked the Legislature to apply a new 3 percent local gas tax, which should raise gas prices by 10 cents. [Trib]
-> Utah lawmakers are considering ending the personal exemption tax which requires larger families to pay more for education. [Trib]
-> Bryan Schott says he sees things going AG John Swallow's way and that he'll survive his full term as the investigations quiet down. [UtahPolicy]
-> Amid the public outcry against the medical-waste incinerator owned by Stericycle, Utah hospitals are re-evaluating their contracts with them and how they dispose of their medical waste. [Trib]
-> The West Point City Council unanimously banned roosters within residential zones of the city; hens are still allowed. [Trib]
Nationally: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel apologized to Medal of Honor recipient William Swenson for the 19 month delay in receiving the award because the Army mishandled the paperwork. [WaPost]
-> Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is appearing in New Hampshire again next month, giving a lecture on Asia-U.S. affairs. [Patch]
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