Obama Signs Debt Limit Agreement Into Law, Reopens Federal Government

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President Barack Obama Oct. 17 signed legislation (H.R. 2775) approved by the House and Senate to reopen the federal government and extend the debt limit through Feb. 7, 2014, then asked for the government to reopen immediately.
Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Burwell issued a memorandum to all federal employees, saying employees who were on furlough due to the absence of appropriations may now return to work.
“We appreciate very much your cooperation and efforts during this difficult period. Thank you and your teams for your service and your continued work on behalf of the American people under the challenging circumstances of the past few weeks,” Burwell said.
Federal employees are expected to return to work on their next regularly scheduled work day, Oct. 17 for most employees, absent other instructions from their employing agencies.
The president also sent a letter to the House and Senate certifying that absent a suspension of the debt limit under the new law, the secretary of the treasury would be unable to issue debt to meet existing commitments.
The White House said that Obama is scheduled to give remarks at the White House at 10:35 a.m. this morning on the debt ceiling agreement and next steps for moving the country forward.
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