Federal employees are going back to work. Tourists have access to the memorials. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough is high-fiving his staff. Yes, the government is back open.
After two weeks of a stalemate, Congress finally passed legislation late on Wednesday night to fund the government and extend the debt ceiling for a few more months.
Here are a few photos from around Washington the morning the government reopened:
Park Ranger Richard Trott cuts down the Closed signs outside the Lincoln Memorial… it’s open!! pic.twitter.com/CRf2ukPGlg“” Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) October 17, 2013