Still no new rules for Friday

Late Wednesday, President Obama signed a bill funding the government through Jan. 15. 

But it might take a couple of days for furloughed staffers to fully settle back into work and finish up the regulations they were working on before the shutdown took effect.

Regulatory agencies would likely want to quickly tackle the long list of agenda items that were delayed by the shutdown.

The 16-day funding lapse prohibited most agencies from performing all but the most essential functions to protect lives and property.

The Environmental Protection Agency, for instance, was in the midst of working on new regulations for new and existing power plants, as well as a standard for blending biofuel with conventional gasoline when funding ran out on Oct. 1.

Those efforts, as well as work at a number of other agencies, will slowly begin back up as the government returns to normal operations.