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Back to life: Government reopens after impasse comes to end

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Capitol Hill Washington D.C.Photo by Joseph Earnest


by Joseph Earnest October 17, 2013


Newscast Media WASHINGTON—After a 16-day shutdown, a measure that was signed by Barack Obama to end the impasse between the House the Senate, will avert a default by the US on its debt obligations, and also allow the government to reopen effective immediately.

President Barack Obama signed a bill that restores government funding through January 15 and extends its borrowing authority through February 7, though the Treasury Department which will be able to avert a default by the United States.

"Employees should expect to return to work in the morning," Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the White House budget director, said in a statement.

"With the shutdown behind us and budget committees forming, we now have an opportunity to focus on a sensible budget that is responsible, that is fair, and that helps hardworking people all across this country," Obama said at the White House.

"Because we’ve all got a lot of work to do on behalf of the American people – and that includes the hard work of regaining their trust.  Our system of self-government doesn’t function without it.  And now that the government is reopened, and this threat to our economy is removed, all of us need to stop focusing on the lobbyists, and the bloggers, and the talking heads on radio, and the professional activists who profit from conflict, and focus on what the majority of Americans sent us here to do – and that’s grow this economy, create good jobs, strengthen the middle class, lay the foundation for broad-based prosperity, and get our fiscal house in order for the long haul," Obama added.  Add Comments>>











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