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U.S. Park Service workers carry a barricade that was used to close the Martin Luther King Memorial on the morning after a bipartisan bill was passed by the House and the Senate to reopen the government and raise the debt limit, on October 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. President Obama signed the bill into law, that will fund the government until January 15, 2014 and allow the government to pay bills until February 7, 2014.
Congress has passed a deal to reopen the partially shut-down government and raise the debt ceiling until mid-January, ending a two week-long impasse in the Capitol. The deal, hammered out by Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, was quickly passed yesterday by the chamber. Before the end of the night, House members had voted the bill in 285 to 144. President Obama signed it just after midnight Thursday.
Furloughed workers are beginning to return to work this morning. And national parks and various government agencies are reopening following the agreement. The deal is a major blow to tea party groups and the more conservative faction of the GOP, which wanted to leverage budget talks to defund Obamacare.
With a temporary deal in place, what happens next?
Carrie Budoff Brown, Senior White House Reporter for POLITICO
Doyle McManus, Washington Columnist, covering national and international politics, Los Angeles Times. He tweets at @DoyleMcManus