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Shutdown over, Gov't of f ices, parks reopen

Published:Friday | October 18, 2013
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough (centre) greets federal employees at the entrance to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building as they return to the White House in Washington, yesterday.AP
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (second left), R-Virginia, walks to the chamber for the vote on a Senate-passed bill that would avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial 16-day shutdown at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday.AP
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PHILADELPHIA (AP):

Federal offices and national parks in Pennsylvania resumed business yesterday, a day after United States lawmakers resolved a budget battle showdown that partially closed the federal government.

At Gettysburg National Military Park and Valley Forge National Historical Park, officials said barricades were removed and the visitor centres reopened, and the parks resumed normal operations.

In Pottsville, several people waited outside the Social Security Office ahead of its 9 a.m. opening. Among them was James Ulrich, an unemployed 19-year-old who needed a replacement Social Security card but had been unable to get one because of the shutdown.

Farther south in Valley Forge, a sign declared 'Welcome Back!' to visitors and returning federal employees alike.

At Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, officials waited for word on when the park that includes Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell would reopen, likely around noon.

Nicole Fellmeth, who is part of the interpretation and education staff at the park, said staff members had been told to report for duty and were waiting to hear from supervisors.

In Gettysburg, park ranger and Management Assistant Katie Lawhon said the historic battlefield and the Eisenhower National Historic Site had reopened.