Several Transportation Department agencies back to work this morning following a brief shutdown

The very brief shutdown that started within parts of the Transportation Department is now over. Members of Congress agreed to reauthorize the highway trust fund that funds several DOT agencies during a vote on Saturday. But that’s about all that got down. Agreement is still elusive on the big federal spending questions, including the infrastructure bill, the president’s Build Back Better package, not to mention annual appropriations bills for the fiscal year that just started last week. Here to bring the Federal Drive up to speed on where things stand is Loren Duggan, deputy news director at Bloomberg Government.