Federal Workers Back to Work

Federal Workers Back to Work

President Obama Warns Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C. --     From coast to coast Thursday, a quarter million federal workers put their government IDs back on and headed in to work -- most saying their 16 days of furlough was no vacation.

Late Wednesday night, a short-term deal was reached to increase the debt ceiling and reopen the government -- at least for a while.

"It feels great to be back to work," said federal employee Rod O'Connor.

Government workers will get back pay.

Texas Tea Party Republican Senator Ted Cruz staged a photo op. More than any other lawmaker, say members of his own party, Cruz forced the government shutdown and near-default, trying to kill Obamacare.

President Obama sternly warned congress.

"The American people are completely fed up with Washington," he said "Understand that how business is done in this town has to change."

But little had changed last night as lawmakers left the Hill. They'd funded government for just three more months and extending the borrowing limit for less than four months.

A new committee of lawmakers got to work to try to prevent another crisis in January as the nation, and the nation's employees, tried to get over this month's crisis.

Over the past few years, special committees of lawmakers have failed to settle the budget dispute that led to this shutdown. This committee has until December 13 to come up with something.

Last night on Capitol Hill, the deal passed easily out of the Senate and then through the House and was delivered to the White House just nine minutes before the midnight deadline.

The deal keeps the government funded through January 15. But a budget conference in Congress now has to come up with a broader budget deal by December 13.

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