Resolutions passed by large majorities in both houses guarantee that federal agencies will continue receiving their current levels of funding until December 11.
The nation is about to see the roll-out of a dramatic effort more diverse than any wage campaign in American history.
There are nearly two million fewer jobs in mid- and higher-wage industries than there were before the recession took hold, while there are 1.85 million more jobs in lower-wage industries.
They flocked to hear the unapologetically self-avowed "Marxian economist" who has long toiled in the obscurity of academia and left circles.
Since the 2008 economic meltdown, Americans have changed the way they think about the free market economy and now, according to a new poll, are more skeptical of it than the people of even Communist Party-led China.
Bank of America got a Valentine's Day surprise with a picket line protesting the bank's receiving "unrequited love" in the form of tax breaks from the community.
Last week the nation saw a preview of life in an America as envisioned by ultra-right tea party types - a country where everything will be "privatized," more frightening than anything the cinema has to offer.
The Congressional Budget Office announcement of a nearly $10 trillion price tag on government borrowing for the next decade has sent a shiver down the spine of the most committed liberals.