The US stock market is surging as Washington moves closer to avoiding a default on the government's debt.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped as much as 310 points to 15,113, putting it on track for its first close above the psychologically-important 15,000 mark in four days.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 34 points to 1,691 and the Nasdaq composite also climbed 84 points to 3,761.
Wall Street is on track for its biggest gain since January.
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.