Shutdown Deal NPR's Brian Naylor reports that Congress is expected to approve today a measure that would send some 280-thousand furloughed federal employees back to work next week. They and another 500-thousand federal workers who have been on the job without pay since December 16 would receive back wages. However, most of the agencies they work for would remain closed. The plan was agreed to by House Republicans who last night rejected a broader back-to-work proposals. The plan would also fund for the rest of the fiscal year other programs, including Aid to Families with Dependent Children.