Washington Is Open Again

Oct. 17, 2013, 6:45 a.m.

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.twit­­P­Glg

— Doug Mills (@dougmill­snyt) Oc­to­ber 17, 2013

So glad to have the great @EPA staff back on the job. The coun­try has cer­tainly missed them. I know I have. pic.twit­­VQP4cx

— Gina Mc­Carthy (@Gin­aE­PA) Oc­to­ber 17, 2013

Joe Biden greets EPA work­ers and he brought muffins! (@AP Photo/Jac­quelyn Mar­tin) pic.twit­­s0T

— Eth­an Klap­per (@eth­ank­lap­per) Oc­to­ber 17, 2013
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough greets returning White House employees after the government shutdown ended. National Journal
The sun rises as seen behind the US Capitol building on the morning after a bipartisan bill was passed by the House and the Senate to reopen the government and raise the debt limit. National Journal
U.S. Park Service workers carry a barricade that was used to close the Martin Luther King Memorial on the morning the government reopened. National Journal
Tourists finally get to visit the Lincoln Memorial on Thursday morning. National Journal
Barricades that were used to close the Martin Luther King Memorial lay dismantled. National Journal

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