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Obama Signs Bill to End US Shutdown

18 October 2013

US - US President Barack Obama has signed the bill that will reopen the government and raises the debt ceiling, officially ending the 16-day shutdown.

Weeks of bitter political fighting gave way to a frenzied night in Washington as Congress passed a bill Wednesday night that would end the partial government shutdown and prevent the country from crashing into the debt ceiling.

Congress worked precariously close to the midnight debt ceiling deadline amid warnings the government could run out of money to pay its bills if it didn't hike the debt ceiling. But the deal is only a temporary fix.

Federal workers should expect to return to work Thursday morning, the director of the Office of Management and Budget said.

 

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