Government shutdown ends after Congress moves legislation

Congress approved a measure yesterday that will suspend the United States’ debt limit until February 7, averting default and providing government funding for agencies that have been shuttered for more than two weeks.

The legislation was approved 285-144 by the House before receiving an 81-18 vote in-favor from the Senate and a signature from President Barack Obama.

Though the shutdown did not have an impact on the operations at many federally-owned hydropower plants, furloughs and other contingency plans had halted operations at a number of government offices responsible for data collection, research, permit approval and other duties relevant to the American hydroelectric industry.

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