Tens of thousands of government workers in Maryland will return to their jobs Thursday due to late-night votes by Congress, ending a 16-day shutdown.
The Senate passed legislation Wednesday evening, followed by the House of Representatives, where tea party Republicans had blocked any attempt to reach a deal unless the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — was defunded.
In the end, Republicans got almost nothing they requested, but disagreements that created the stalemate could surface again in three months.
President Obama said he intended to sign the stopgap bill to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling on Wednesday night, the Office of Management and Budget said in a statement.
The office alerted government workers to be prepared to return to work on Thursday.
"Now that the bill has passed the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, the president plans to sign it tonight and employees should expect to return to work in the morning," OMB director Sylvia Mathews Burwell said in a statement. "Employees should be checking the news and OPM's website for further updates."
The legislation lifts the debt limit, funds the government through Jan. 15 and sets up a conference committee to try to reach agreement on broad budget questions.
The legislation includes no major changes to the Affordable Care Act.
With a high number of residents who are federal employees, veterans and government contractors, Maryland was hard hit by the shutdown.
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