The US stock market closed sharply higher today as Washington moves closer to avoiding a default on the government's debt, having its best day since January 2.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 323 points to close at 15,126.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 36 points to end at 1,692, while the Nasdaq composite rose 82 points to 3,760.
The prospect of an unprecedented default on the US government's debt and a partial shutdown of the government have been dragging the stock market lower for the past three weeks.
The US shutdown is but a precursor to a much bigger problem - in a couple of weeks the government, shutdown or not, will run out of cash.
Landmarks across the US have closed as the Congress failed to reach a deal over the budget.