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Back to work for US government employees after Congress agrees deal

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Hundreds of thousands of government employees have returned to work in the US after 16 days of enforced absence.

Their return followed a cross-party deal by Democrats and Republicans hours before the government risked defaulting on its debt.

The shutdown had caused national parks and tourist attractions to close, as well as delaying visa applications, business permits and safety inspections.

Employees said they were glad to be back. Mark Chrystal, who works for the National Museum of the American Indian said the enforced leave had been tough:

“It was, it’s kind of stressful I didn’t think it would last this long but I’m glad it’s over and there’s a lot to catch up on.”

Adrian Wright, an administration worker at the Federal Aviation said: “I’m pleased that the Congress made some progress and that we were able to get something done but I’m afraid that we might be in the same place in a couple of months.”

The Congress deal is only a temporary fix. The US could face the same situation again early next year as government funding and treasury borrowing have only been extended by a few months