Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered most of the military’s civilian workers to return to work.
Hagel is bringing back nearly 400,000 Department of Defense employees based on the Pentagon’s interpretation of a bill the house passed Saturday.
The bill approved backpay for furloughed workers when the shutdown ends.
The stalemate on Capitol Hill continues, with the biggest issuing residing over the Affordable Care Act.
House Republicans voted to delay it for a year, but the Democrat-controlled Senate refused to go along with that.
The Senate isn’t expected to meet Sunday. The House is slated to return Monday.
That leaves a little more than a week until the deadline to raise the debt ceiling.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says the country will run out of money to pay its debts on October 17th.