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White House: Federal employees head back to work Thursday

Congress passes bill late Wednesday to avoid national default, ending 16-day partial government shutdown.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Pressed against a looming deadline, Congress rallied late Wednesday to pass legislation to avoid a national default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown. The bill was sent to President Barack Obama's desk.

Early in the evening, the U.S. Senate voted a bipartisan 81-18 to clear the path for a final 285-144 vote in the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives. The new legislation will allow the Treasury to borrow as usual through at least February 7, 2014 and fund the government through mid-January.

President Obama said he would sign the legislation right away.

Learn more from ABC News.
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