Government Shutdown Ends; Debt Ceiling Raised

Late Wednesday, October 16, Congress agreed to a measure that would reopen the federal government, and fund our nation’s programs at current spending levels until January 15, 2014. In addition, the measure would increase the debt limit until February 7, 2014. Another portion of the bill calls on a bicameral budget conference to formulate a broad plan on taxes, entitlements and discretionary spending and report on its recommendations by this December 15.

ASLA is pleased that the federal government shutdown has ended and that our landscape architects serving in the federal agencies are back to work today.  ASLA members, many of whom are small business owners, encourage our nation’s leaders to continue to work to reach consensus on the nation’s fiscal challenges.  Continued predictability in government operations and spending will reduce uncertainty across the entire economy.   

ASLA remains committed to advocating on behalf of our members’ interests to ensure that federal policies create opportunities for small businesses, encourage active transportation options for all communities, promote the sustainable management of stormwater, and create livable communities that feature the parks and public spaces that landscape architects design.  


Kevin Fry
Director, PR and

JR Taylor
PR Coordinator