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Government Shutdown Ends, Employees Return to Work
Thursday, October 17th, 2013 -- 8:10 am
Posted by Riley Hebert-News Director


-The White House is directing all government agencies to reopen promptly now that the partial government shutdown has ended.

President Barack Obama signed a measure early Thursday reopening the government and extending the nation's borrowing authority.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget , says all furloughed workers should return to work on their next scheduled work day. For most workers, that's this morning.

Hundreds of thousands of workers have been furloughed since the shutdown started Oct. 1. The measure Obama signed restores government funding through Jan. 15 and extends the borrowing authority through Feb. 7.

Congress has passed legislation to reopen the partially-shuttered federal government and avert a potentially disastrous default on U.S. obligations, clearing the measure for President Barack Obama's promised signature.

Passage of the bill late Wednesday in the House and Senate ended a Washington-created crisis that closed much of government for 16 days. It came on the eve of the date the Treasury Department warned it would no longer be able to borrow to pay the government's bills.


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