VIDEOS | Day One of the government reopening

October 17, 2013
A federal worker shows her identification as she arrives for work at the Jacob Javits Federal Building in Manhattan. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters).
A federal worker shows her identification as she arrives for work at the Jacob Javits Federal Building in Manhattan. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

The government shutdown is finally over, with federal employees returning to their jobs after 16 days of uncertainty and, in many cases, time off work.

Below is an Associated Press roundup of  interviews with federal employees commuting to work on Day One of the reopening. Just about everybody said they were happy to be back, while some talked about economic hardship or restlessness during the standstill that ended Wednesday. Others expressed frustration with political leaders for forcing them into a tough situation, describing the shutdown as unnecessary.

Scroll down further to see Vice President Biden greeting employees of the Environmental Protection Agency with muffins on their first day back on the job. We’ve also included a video of President Obama’s remarks about the reopening, in which he talks about damage to the economy and the need for bipartisan deals on the budget, immigration and farm legislation.

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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