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US Government back up and running today
Your government is back at work this morning.
President Obama signed a bill shortly after midnight that ended the government shutdown and raises the debt limit.
Vice President Biden surprised returning government workers with mini-coffee cakes at the EPA.
"I am happy it's ended. It was unnecessary to begin with,"
As the government reopens today after 16 days of shutdown, there is a sense of relief that it's over.
WJLA lady; I am just happy to be going back.
But with estimates that the shutdown cost as much as $24 billion. Federal employees commuting to work this morning wondered what it really accomplished.
WJLA; We got people in office who forgot about the people. They are on their own agenda. This was not political at any time this was all personal. It was personal attack on the president, it was personal attack on the country,
And it is sad. It is really sad.
And beyond Washington, workers were anxious to get back to work. Removing these signs at the Charleston Navy Yards outside of Boston. And at Yosemite National Park, they began making preparations immediately to take down
Their closed signs and welcome back 700 federal employees and 1,100 private employees who were barred from working when the government shut down .
We 're just really looking forward to welcoming everyone back."
So many Americans were anxious for the shutdown to be behind them. When the Great Smoky Mountains National Park reopened, cars lined up.
Ed Mitchell - Blount County Mayor
We had traffic backed up at the Sugarlands and we also had traffic backed up from here at the "Y" and the entrance here all the way into Townsend. That gives you an idea of what we were missing on a daily basis by this park being shut.