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Furloughed workers back on job after shutdown ends
Thousands of federal workers across the counrty are breathing a sigh of relief after a last-minute late-night deal was reached to re-open the government and increase the debt ceiling.
Some of those headed back to work included federal workers here in Southeast Texas.
Almost half a million workers that were deemed non-essential were furloughed during the 16-day shutdown.
This was the first day that those workers were allowed back on the job. Workers include those at the Jack Brooks Federal Buildling in downtown Beaumont.
Those back at work include about 3,000 workers at Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The partial government shutdown not only made a big impact on NASA employees, but also their families and surrounding businesses in the Clear Lake community.
Families were on the brink of making some hard financial decisions.
Their fear and anxiety turned to hope and relief, after learning the standoff in Washington ended, but there could be more uncertainty ahead.
Tory Dunnan takes a look at the late-night short-term deal that was reached to increase the debt ceiling and reopen the government at least for a while.