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
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.