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The U.S. government shutdown, now in its third week, is nearing an end after both chambers on Wednesday passed a bipartisan deal to reopen the government and extend the debt ceiling.

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  • Mark Berman
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  • October 17, 6:03 PM

With the government shutdown over, workers around the Washington region flooded back to work Thursday. Here’s a look at some of the scenes captured around the area.

  • Mark Berman
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  • October 17, 5:54 PM

During the shutdown, Metro said its ridership dropped 20 percent because fewer federal workers were commuting on the rail system.

As you might imagine, the end of the shutdown saw the end of that drop. Metro’s ridership between 5 a.m. (when the system opened) and 11 a.m. Thursday was up 19 percent over the same period a week earlier. And the transit agency expects a similar rebound during the Thursday evening commute.

For riders Thursday, something else was restored from the pre-shutdown days: Metro returned to using eight-car trains. During the shutdown, the agency had been using only six-car trains due to the drop in ridership.

  • Aaron Blake
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  • October 17, 12:33 AM

President Obama early Thursday morning signed the bill passed by Congress on Wednesday ending the government shutdown and extending the debt limit.

The president’s signature brings to a close a more than two-week shutdown and extends government funding until Jan. 15 and the debt ceiling until Feb. 7.

It also calls for negotiations between the GOP-controlled House and the Democratic-controlled Senate over government spending.

The Office of Management and Budget has said furloughed federal employees should plan to return to work Thursday.

  • Lori Montgomery
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  • October 16, 11:35 PM

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) was to have breakfast Thursday morning with her House counterpart, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), to start a new round of talks aimed at averting another crisis.

The two were named Wednesday to head talks between the two chambers over the future of budget negotiations.

President Obama on Wednesday repeated his vow to work with Republicans to rein in a national debt that remains at historically high levels.

  • Nicki DeMarco
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  • October 16, 11:04 PM

The shutdown is over. The U.S. did not default on loans. Here’s a look back on what happened today in only three minutes.

With Tom LeGro and Sarah Parnass.

  • Aaron Blake
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  • October 16, 11:04 PM

The breakdown (more here):

  • Aaron Blake
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  • October 16, 10:59 PM

From Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget:

“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. Employees should be checking the news and OPM’s website for further updates.”

  • Jackie Kucinich, Aaron Blake and Rosalind S. Helderman
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  • October 16, 10:32 PM

Updated at 11:23 p.m.

Near the end of the vote, members and staff were startled when someone who appeared to be a House stenographer suddenly went to the microphone and started to yell. She was quickly escorted out, but House floor staff looked visibly shaken.

The woman made references to God, as well as Freemasons having written the Constitution.

Capitol Police confirmed they were currently conducting interviews about the incident but declined to release the stenographer’s name.

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said the stenographer is a well-known and liked figure in the House.

“I think there’s a lot of sympathy, because something clearly happened there,” Connolly said.

Updated: Here’s audio that appears to be of the woman, from the Takeaway’s Todd Zwillich:

And here’s the video:

Jeff Simon contributed to this post.

  • Aaron Blake
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  • October 16, 10:20 PM

The House just voted to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

The final tally was 285-144.

All 198 Democrats voting were in in favor, but most Republicans voted against it, by a margin of 144-87.

Leaders expect the government to reopen on Thursday.

  • Aaron Blake
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  • October 16, 10:00 PM

The House is now voting on the Senate’s plan to end the government shutdown and extend the debt ceiling.

The bill came up for a vote sooner than it could have after both sides agreed to end debate and bring it to a vote.

This is a 15-minute vote.

  • Aaron Blake
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  • October 16, 9:55 PM

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday night offered some faint praise for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for allowing a vote on the Senate-passed plan to reopen the government and extend the debt ceiling.

“Thank you, Speaker Boehner, for finally allowing a majority of House members to reopen government and avoid a default that would clearly have wreaked havoc on our economic credibility and the stability of our country,” Pelosi said, emphasizing the word “finally.”

Boehner previously declined to allow a vote on a so-called “clean” continuing resolution passed in the Senate that appeared to have majority support — albeit with very few Republicans on-board.

Pelosi noted that the bill only extended government funding and the debt ceiling by a few months.

“I do not come here to pin a rose on this legislation,” Pelosi said. “It does not have that respect. But it does have my support as a means to an end.”

  • Vincent Bzdek
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  • October 16, 9:36 PM

Here’s how senators voted on a bipartisan bill to reopen the government and extend the debt ceiling. Eighteen Republicans voted against the Senate deal to reopen the government — including three major potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates: Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

  • Aaron Blake
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  • October 16, 9:32 PM

The vote will preceded by an hour of floor debate. So the vote is likely set for around 10:30 p.m. eastern time.

We’ve got live video of the proceedings above.

  • Aaron Blake
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  • October 16, 8:53 PM

President Obama will deliver another statement Thursday morning at 10:35 a.m. in the State Dining Room.

  • Aaron Blake
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  • October 16, 8:33 PM

In brief remarks around 8:30 p.m., President Obama urged Congress after Wednesday night to focus on immigration and budget matters during what’s left of the non-election year.

He also suggested Congress should learn its lesson that shutdowns and defaults should not be used as political bargaining chips.

“We’ve got to get out of the habit of governing by crisis,” Obama said. “My hope and expectation is that everybody has learned that there’s no reason we can’t work on the issues at hand. … Hopefully that’s a lesson that will be internalized.”

  • Aaron Blake
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  • October 16, 8:28 PM

Eighteen Republicans vote against the Senate deal to reopen the government — including all three major potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates: Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

The others were Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Cornyn (Tex.), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Dean Heller (Nev.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mike Lee (Utah), Jim Risch (Idaho), Pat Roberts (Kan.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Richard Shelby (Ala.), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and David Vitter (La.).

Here’s more from The Fix on their potential motivations.

And here’s the full breakdown:

  • Aaron Blake
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  • October 16, 8:19 PM

That’s in roughly five minutes.

The remarks will be made in the press briefing room.

Video is above.

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