Shutdown over, workers return Thursday
WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives has approved the measure to end the government shutdown, which lasted 16 days.
Also in that measure was raising the debt ceiling, so the country does not go into default.
The Senate voted earlier in the evening, passing the measure to the House for final approval. It now heads to the president's desk. He said he will sign it Wednesday night.
The bill opens the government through Jan. 15 and allows the Treasury to borrow money.
Furloughed government workers should be back at work Thursday morning.