The government has finally reopened. Federal workers are heading back to their jobs, and the stock market, while trading modestly lower, avoided a big collapse. All this after a last minute agreement that forestalled a possible default by the government, and restored funding for its operations.
Still, it was an expensive political crisis.
A preliminary analysis by Standard and Poor's pegs the cost of the shutdown at $24 billion. That's just a tiny fraction of the nation's almost $15 trillion economy, but the political standoff had a powerful negative effect on many small businesses.
Bloomberg News reporter Kathleen Miller is part of a team that looked at the nooks and crannies of the economy to find out who was feeling the pain. She joins the show with more.