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Federal employees return to work

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Now that the fiscal meltdown has been averted, federal employees were back to work Thursday morning. YNN's Megan Cruz reports.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- "I knew we'd get called back sooner or later," said Mark, a federal government employee.

Federal employees were finally able to return to work Thursday after President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan bill to end the shutdown.

Lawmakers agreed to fund the government through January 15, and raise the debt ceiling until February 7.

Mark would only say he works for the federal government, and noted some of his co-workers didn't have it as easy.

"You have to hope you have enough money in your savings to cover it. Some are taking loans out of their retirement accounts. Is that appropriate? No," said Doug Austin, the husband of a federal employee.

Austin's wife works for the Social Security Administration. She had to work through the 16 day shutdown.

Austin said, "I'm frustrated with our elected officials. We hired them to do a job and they didn't do it."

He said he is thankful for his private sector job, and is happy his wife and the other federal employees will at least receive back pay. However, Austin is not looking forward to 2014.

"We're going to be in the same place in a couple months," he said.

In the meantime, Mark added, "It's good to be back to work."

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