The federal government shut down is over – for now – after Congress finally voted this evening to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a U.S. default.

With the shutdown over, that means the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, the Carter Center and Chattahoochee River National Recreation Center will re-open.

Those who needed to renew or apply for a passport or get any kind of action on a government loan will also be able to move forward. And the thousands of federal employees, including roughly 6,000 employees at the Center for Disease Control headquarters, will be headed back to work.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.