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