Federal Workers Back in Business
Updated: Friday, October 18 2013, 12:11 AM EDT
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS) -- Thousands of federal workers are back on the job across the country with museums and memorials reopened after a 16 day partial government shutdown.
Already, lawmakers are eyeing the new budget deadlines they set to end this standoff. Danielle Nottingham is on Capitol Hill with the latest.
Dederal workers back on the job cleared away barricades and closed signs as they helped re-open parks and monuments.
Thousands of staffers for government agencies shutdown for the last 16 days made their regular morning commutes. Workers at the National Zoo turned the popular panda-cam back on. Tourists lined up early to see the sites and tried to make up for lost time.
Congressional negotiators sat down Thursday morning to start work on a long-term budget deal. Another federal worker returned to wind the clock outside the senate chamber. Now it's ticking toward the new fiscal deadlines.
If lawmakers don't find a larger budget compromise the government could run out of money again early next year.
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