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Furloughed government employees have been called back to work on Thursday as the government shutdown comes to an end. After two weeks, back-to-back votes allowed the legislation to clear on Wednesday and finally end it. The government will remain open through January 15 and the debt ceiling will remain as is until February 7. The government is looking to issue back-pay for the furloughed employees as quickly as possible.
The House Speaker John Boehner voted for the bill, as did Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, while Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan voted against it, claiming that he believes that it did not help reduce the fast-growing debt and that they have only put it off. President Obama believes that the legislation has lifted the "cloud of uncertainty" that has been created through all of this and he plans to turn his focus to the issue of immigration.
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