DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Government employees can now return to work expecting a paycheck.
The decision was finalized late Wednesday night after sixteen days of government shutdown.
For some, they were watching Washington well into the night wondering when they would get paid.
"I'm hopeful that we'll see a resolution on it," said Rick Hanna, Vice President of AFGE Local 3448. "I believe we will. But at the same time, you see that in January or February, history has shown that more than likely be back in the same situation."
Wednesday's decision could at least be some progress for Hanna and other government workers in Social Security offices.
But it is a stressful position he says countless federal workers have been placed after working without pay for two weeks.
"I hope that our employees will get paid timely," said Hanna. "I'm not telling them that they will get paid timely. But at least we see it's not drawing any longer than this coming week."
It is not just his coworkers he is worried for knowing the same could happen early in 2014.
He is worried the people who need their services are paying the price.
"I had somebody tell me that they had to go and get a verification for employment," said Hanna. "We refused to give it to them because of the furlough and the orders that we received from Washington."
There is a portion of the bill passed by lawmakers Wednesday night that speaks about payment for furloughed workers.
Government workers who are eligible for backpay can expect it when it is "practical."
This year, they will help 13 families in need buy toys, clothing and other items.
The man suspected in the RTA bus hub attack that led to another man's death has been released from the Montgomery County Jail pending further investigation.
Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, responded to Wednesday's Air Force’s announcement to begin reductions in force of both Airmen and civilian employees.
A Veterans Treatment Court opened Wednesday in Montgomery County designed to help veterans adjust and rebuild their lives after coming back from war.
After a third levy failure, students at Shawnee High School will no longer have bussing.