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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Government reopens after Congress ends 16-day shutdown and dodges default on debts

The House and Senate passed a bill Wednesday night to end the fiscal impasse. The bipartisan deal raises the nation's debt ceiling and ends the the government shutdown. The bill now goes to President Obama. Above, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, left, leaves the Senate floor with Sen. Patty Murray and Sen. Chuck Schumer after the Senate vote.