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Government Shutdown ends after 16 days

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By: Melissa Randall

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After 16 days of no work for many all furloughed workers can now return to their jobs.

The government shutdown has ended. A deal has been reached in both chambers, and the president has signed off on it.

The measure averts a default on debt. Obamacare has been left alone. But, there is still much to be done.

"There is a lot of work ahead of us including earning back the trust of the

American people," said President Obama.

The shutdown cost the country an estimated 1–point 4 billion dollars a day. That's 23 billion dollars, in all, from lost government services, travel and hospitality services as well as national park revenues.

Among the places that will re–open Thursday morning are national parks like the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence. Federal employees in Rhode Island who were furloughed should be heading back to their jobs, and workers who didn't get paid should soon get back–pay.

This morning local members of congress are praising the compromise. This new budget deal doesn't prevent another government shutdown if another agreement isn't reached by mid–January.

"As we approach January, that we engage in serious negotiations; serious compromise. And of it for the benefit of the people of Rhode Island," said Sen. Jack Reed, (D) Rhode Island.

"I think the idea that Speaker Boehner wants to go down this path again, and that the moderate Republicans are going to let the Tea Party drag them down this path again, is virtually nil," said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, (D) Rhode Island.

Some local republican leaders say congress has got to stop spending more money than it collects in taxes.

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