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Government Re-Opened, Federal Employees Called Back to Work Thursday

The federal Office of Personnel Management said federal employees who have been furloughed since Oct. 1 should expect to return to work on Thursday.

The U.S. Capitol. Credit: AFP/Getty Images.
The U.S. Capitol. Credit: AFP/Getty Images.
Congress voted Wednesday night to re-open the government and raise the debt limit, clearing the way for federal employees to return to work Thursday and avoiding a first-ever default.

The federal Office of Personnel Management said federal employees who have been furloughed since Oct. 1 should expect to return to work on Thursday.

The vote in the Senate was 81 to 18 and in the House of Representatives it was 285 to 144.

Rep. Ken Calvert, who represents Murrieta, Wildomar and Lake Elsinore, voted to re-open the government and avoid default, but Rep. Duncan Hunter, whose district includes Temecula, voted against. Both are Republicans, and a majority of Republicans in the House voted against the measure.

"Tonight I voted to avoid default and to maintain global confidence in the U.S. economy.  It was not an easy vote, but rejecting the Senate proposal would have meant asking the Obama Administration to handle a default situation," Calvert said in a statement.

"The President’s punitive actions during the government shutdown, such as barricading war memorials, left me with absolutely no confidence that he could manage a default responsibly and would in fact use the opportunity to further hurt our economy and the American people."

The Treasury Department said in a report to Congress earlier this month that a default “would be unprecedented and has the potential to be catastrophic,” causing a "recession that could echo the events of 2008 or worse.”
Randall October 17, 2013 at 09:56 AM
Another day in Washington, another loss for the American people. Have you ever pondered the statement "backed by the full faith and credit of the United States of America?" That's the future labor of the American people for generations to come. They spend it, and you are on the hook for it. Thanks for blowing through sequestration savings, thanks for the kickbacks, thanks for giving the president veto power over stopping future debt limit increases. Welcome to the legalized slavery of the American people.
Rick Carson October 17, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Wins and losses: The wins , The government employees are back to work. The government can continue to max out the U.S. credit card . The GOP got out of the box they put themselves in albeit, with losses. On the flip side: 24 Billion dollars was lost to an economy barely hanging by a thread Confidence in Leadership and congress hit a new low in the eyes of its citizens and the world. ( someone said Fire them all which may be a good idea.) Business will continue to sit on cash stock piles instead of investing because of the lack of a firm political direction. The American People Looses because our current elected officials don't concern themselves with the welfare and future of its citizens and the economy.
JJ Mclure October 17, 2013 at 07:30 PM
the Gov't employees that are non essential....fire them

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