With the federal government open and the nation's borrowing limits increased, West Virginia's Republican representatives in Congress said they hope true budget negotiations can begin.
All five of West Virginia's national lawmakers -- including Reps. Shelley Moore Capito and David McKinley, R-W.Va. -- supported the late-night compromise Wednesday that sent federal employees back to work Thursday and increased the amount of money the government can borrow.
The measure funds the government through Jan.15 and increases the borrowing amount so the country won't hit its debt limit until Feb. 7.
Neither said the vote signifies a change in their positions about the debt ceiling, long-term government financing or the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
But both are playing a slightly different tune now that the measure has come and gone.
Capito said Thursday she never supported a shutdown, pointing to several public statements where she condemned the partial closure. But she did admit she never gave a clear answer during the 16-day shutdown as to whether she would support the "clean" funding measure -- one that didn't include policy amendments -- passed by the Senate.
Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, never brought the measure to the floor, so no one had to vote on the bill. But "behind closed doors," Capito was pushing for the government to re-open, she said.
Factions among House Republicans didn't make that easy.
"I think it's pretty obvious that there are certain segments of the party that are unwilling to make concessions," Capito said.
"And you know, we have to work with the Senate, we have to work with the president. That's the reality of where we are. I think that's a challenge for the speaker, and I think he's up for the challenge."
For a time, it looked like McKinley might be one of those Republicans unwilling to give ground.
On the eve of the shutdown, McKinley issued a statement criticizing the president and the Senate for not delaying the mandate. A little more than a week into the shutdown, he said he wouldn't support a "clean" measure -- one that funded the government with other policy amendments.
He blamed the president and the Senate again for not talking with the House about fixing "the problems with Obamacare."
The measure he voted for that passed Wednesday makes little change to the Affordable Care Act.
"I didn't move one iota off my principles," McKinley said Thursday in a phone interview.
"I just wanted to change my tactics because the tactic wasn't working. We've got to find a different way to go about it."
On Thursday, McKinley said the overall debate was "never about Obamacare" and Republicans knew they weren't going to defund or repeal the law.
"I realize I don't have the votes. That may be a principle, but the tactics, we can't do it," McKinley said.