Oct. 18 - Washington remains divided as the political repercussions loom from a 16-day government shutdown and a close brush with a debt default. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
After a 16-day government shutdown federal government employees are heading back to work. After a stand-off between Republicans and the White House over funding, the government forced the temporary lay-off of hundreds of thousands of federal employees and brought the nation to the edge of default -- a Reuters/Ipso poll shows more Americans blame the republicans. . (SOUNDBITE) (English) ADRIAN WRIGHT, A FORMERLY FURLOUGHED FEDERAL EMPLOYEE OF THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, IN AN EXCHANGE WITH A REPORTER AND SAYING: WRIGHT: "I would assume it's a devastating blow to their brand." Senator Ted Cruz emerged as a new face in the Republican party, as he pushed the House to defund the Affordable Care Act. It was a fight House Speaker John Boehner took up, but couldn't win. Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHAEL TANNER, AN ANALYST OF THE CATO INSTITUTE, SAYING: "Well, I think Republicans clearly took a big hit to their brand in this, that they looked not just bad because of the shutdown, but they looked incompetent as well. Americans will forgive a lot of ideological problems, but they won't forgive incompetence." The long-term repercussion are unclear (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHAEL TANNER, AN ANALYST OF THE CATO INSTITUTE, SAYING: "Fortunately, it's a year and before the election. If this was in 2014, this would really be a problem, but by happening now, we have a lot of time to change the conversation." While the deal reached may have been welcome relief it's only a temporary fix. It funds the government until January 15, so Americans face the possibility of another government shutdown early next year.