Another last-minute deal struck, another crisis postponed in Washington.
But lawmakers have little time to bask in the temporary relief the bill provides. As furloughed federal employees return to work Thursday, Congress faces another budget deadline three months from now, and a deadline to raise the debt ceiling a few weeks after that.
After the chaos caused by the impasse of the last 16 days, officials are hoping this time to do more than simply meet those deadlines with another pair of stopgap measures.
"We believe there is common ground," Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Thursday.
Congress and the Obama administration thus far have given the American people little reason to believe they'll reach that middle ground and seriously address the country's fiscal problems. But with the bipartisan frustration over the latest showdown boiling over, lawmakers on both sides are vowing to try harder.
Obama, in remarks from the White House on Thursday, said "there are no winners" out of the budget impasse. He said the "spectacle" hurt the U.S. economy and credibility.
"The good news is, we'll bounce back from this," Obama said.
Once again, a small group of lawmakers has been appointed to craft a broader budget deal -- facing a mid-December deadline with the shadow of the failed "super committee" haunting their endeavor.
Meeting for breakfast Thursday morning, top budget writers were cautiously optimistic.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the group's goal was "to get this debt under control, to do smart deficit reduction, and to do things that we think will grow the economy and get people back to work."