NORFOLK -- Congress may have approved reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling, but Congress, itself, isn't getting a big approval from a lot of people right now.
"Congress isn't even happy with Congress right now. Nobody's happy with Congress. I mean, there's probably a few people, maybe some pages." said Nikki Reed.
Reed, who works in real estate, told 13News Now she and her family felt the effects of the shutdown on several levels.
It began with her husband, who works at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
"There are plenty of guys at the yard who -- like my husband -- had to work because they're in critical areas but didn't get paid," explained Reed. "My son is waiting to re-enlist -- an early re-enlistment. He gets an early re-enlistment bonus."
Reed added the shutdown had an impact on her own business. Many lenders require income tax transcripts from home buyers. The Internal Revenue Service, which handles those requests, stopped processing them during the shutdown.
"At the end of the day, what have we learned? You know, what have we learned? You know, what have we gained out of this whole exercise?" Reed questioned. "It's holding the government hostage, basically, because one side or the other isn't getting their way. That's just hurting us as a country."
Congressman Scott Rigell (R-VA 2) agreed.
Rigell, who supported the legislation that passed in both chambers Wednesday, told 13News Now by phone, "I'm glad it's over. It went on 16 days too long, and we do need to figure out how to make a divided government work and to make better decisions. We owe that to our children and to our grandchildren."
Rigell noted, "We're better off as a nation if we make some principal compromises along the way -- both parties -- representing different views. That's the only way we're gonna get through this and prosper as a country, and I'm absolutely convinced we can do it. I really believe that. It's gonna take a lot of work and a lot of resolve, but we're Americans. It's in us. It's in our DNA to do this. We will."
Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) spoke on the Senate floor earlier in the day about the deal, saying it was time Congress did its job.