The Washington Post reports that the Senate, following the lead of the House of Representatives, passed the budget deal over night. Rep. Paul Ryan (R WI) became the Speaker of the House this week as well. Here's a link to the Week in Congress.
The budget deal brings the curtain down on partial government shutdown drama that has marked the Age of Obama since 2011. The budget dead creates a structure within which Congress can reach agreement to finalize the continuing resolution funding the federal goverment before the temporary CR expires on December 11. Other features of the deal that bear on the FEHBP have been discussed in earlier posts this week.