While Virginians wait for the dust to settle and lawmakers breathe a sigh of relief that the transportation funding battle is over, the nonprofit Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis has combed through the rubble to examine its effects.
A large contingent of Virginians says it will pressure congressional representatives to vote against a proposal by the Obama administration that cuts into Social Security benefits.
The AARP is part of the group that says the "Chained CPI" proposal breaks the promise made to millions of Americans.
While the Consumer Price Index calculates inflation through the costs of basic goods, the Chained CPI factors in lower demand and the substitutions that consumers make when costs are higher. Thus, it lowers cost-of-living adjustments for inflation.
The government is now funded through September, but another deadline is hanging over Congress that imperils the economy of Virginia.
The last time Congress wrangled over the debt ceiling the federal government lost its triple A credit rating. Credit rating agencies say Virginia could also lose its pristine credit rating if the federal government gets locked in partisan warfare once again.
That could make borrowing more expensive for cash strapped locales, according to Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly.