As I sit down to write this, the exact outlines of a deal to return the government to normal operations and raise the debt ceiling remain unclear. Based on the tone of statements coming from Congressional leaders, however, it seems likely a short-term deal will be made to avert an immediate escalation of the crisis.
If indeed a deal is made, it gives both chambers of Congress a chance to reconvene and start budget negotiations without the backdrop of a government shutdown or an immediate threat of default, but with a new deadline early in the New Year.
So what are the most important things we would like to see in these next few months of negotiations?
As a country we desperately need all members of Congress to work together to take both big and small steps to put our country on stronger fiscal footing. Diffusing the threat of an immediate default and reopening the government will give Congress another chance to do not what is easy, but what is right. It's time to make government work.