Watching members of Congress celebrate a bipartisan deal aimed at restarting the government, we couldn't help but think of Monique Henderson. Or Katrina Lucas. Or Nick Wolfe.
No doubt these furloughed federal workers will be glad to go back to work, but that relief can't mask the harm done to them and tens of thousands of other Americans whose livelihoods are tied to the federal government.
The agreement hammered out Wednesday by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would raise the debt limit and end the partial government shutdown. But even as plans are made to get 800,000 furloughed government workers back on the job and give them back pay, the damage done since Oct. 1 has to be remembered.