WASHINGTON (AP) — The partial government shutdown has ended but that doesn't mean anyone has a solid idea for dodging a potential sequel.
The 16-day partial shutdown ended last week although a possible repeat may be on the horizon. Lawmakers approved a budget that keeps the lights on through Jan. 15 and lets Treasury continue to pay its bills through Feb. 7.
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says such a standoff cannot be repeated. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell similarly says there won't be another government shutdown.
That's not to say there is a solution at hand, and no one is rushing forward with alternatives to a potential repeat of the gridlock that shuttered parts of the government and pushed the nation toward a default on its debt.