UPDATE: 12:27 AM EST, 10/17/2013:
President Barack Obama signed a last-minute bi-partisan deal early Thursday morning to avert a debt default and to reopen the government after the 16-day GOP shutdown.
From the White House:
On Thursday, October 17, 2013, the President signed into law:
H.R. 2775, the “Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014,” which provides fiscal year 2014 appropriations for projects and activities of the Federal Government through Wednesday, January 15, 2014. The effective time for the continuing resolution begins on October 1, 2013. H.R. 2775 also extends the Nation’s debt limit through February 7, 2014.
UPDATE: 11:07 PM EST, 10/16/2013:
“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,” Office of Management and Budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell said in a statement posted on WhiteHouse.gov. “Employees should be checking the news and OPM’s website for further updates.”
UPDATE: 10:28 PM EST, 10/16/2013:
A bill to end the GOP government shutdown passed the House of Representatives with a 285-144 vote. All 198 Democrats present voted yes. All 144 no votes came from Republicans.
The bill has been sent to President Obama for his signature.