Congress Ends Shutdown, U.S. Government Reopens Its Doors

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After 16 days, Congress finally approved a measure to end the partial government shutdown.

The Senate voted 81-18 in favor of the measure, while the House voted 285-144 in favor.

The only votes against the measure in the Senate came from conservative Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

TIME Magazine reports that President Obama signed a bill just after midnight on Thursday, to reopen the federal government and raise the debt limit.

According to Fox News Latino, the White House directed all agencies to reopen promptly and declared that furloughed federal employees are expected to return to work Thursday.

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