Shutdown Lifts, Capitol Hill’s Ohio Clock Ticks Again

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_c86a631177.jpgABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Remember that clock in the U.S. Capitol that shut down during the shutdown? Well, on Thursday the Ohio Clock came back to life, ticking again for the first time in at least a week. Its hands were frozen in time during the shutdown because the Senate Curator’s Office employee responsible for winding it was furloughed.

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Budget Gurus Begin Next Phase of Federal Spending Battle

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_c86d61f52d.jpgWin McNamee/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- With the ink barely dry from President Obama’s signature on legislation to end the shutdown, the top four congressional authorities on the budget kicked off the next phase of negotiations with a bipartisan breakfast at the Capitol on Thursday morning.

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Biden Welcomes EPA Employees Back to Work with Muffins

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_fef2e1d1d3.jpgFile photo. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) (WASHINGTON) -- Vice President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters Thursday morning to welcome back returning furloughed employees. With muffins in hand, the vice president personally greeted workers. “Welcome back everybody,” he said, as he stretched out his arms to hug a returning employee.

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Federal Employees Back to Work as Obama Signs Bill to End Shutdown

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_d182f5deb8.jpgOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama signed a bill shortly after midnight Thursday that ended a 16-day government shutdown after the Senate and House approved budget legislation and extended the debt limit. With the president's signature, federal employees are expected to return to work Thursday, Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell said in a statement Wednesday night.

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A Shutdown Debt Deal Is Close, but Will It Work?

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_871ff1d542.jpgChip Somodevilla/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- A tentative breakthrough in negotiations among congressional leaders to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling faces a major test on Tuesday: approval from the rank and file members of Congress. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., worked through the weekend and into this week hammering out the details of a potential compromise. 

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