A report from the Congressional Budget Office shows that the 35-day partial government shutdown cost the U.S. economy $11 billion.
This devastating news comes as a bipartisan committee is beginning the daunting task of attempting to find a middleground between U.S. lawmakers and the president that will keep the government open after the three-week stopgap measure expires February 15.
The president has threatened to shut the government down again if Democrats refuse to fund his $5.7 billion wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Some lawmakers, however, are seeking to eliminate that possibility by proposing legislation that would outlaw shutdowns altogether.
The president has also threatened to declare a state of emergency to build his wall if all else fails.
He is likely to indicate which avenue he prefers during his long-awaited State of the Union address on February 5.