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Austinites React to Government Shutdown Ending

Updated: Thursday, October 17 2013, 06:03 AM CDT
Overnight, strong reactions from Austinites just hours after the government shutdown ends. It's a topic with a lot of weight in Austin, as the federal government is one of the Top 10 employers in the city. The big one: the IRS. This morning, around 3,000 furloughed workers will be heading back. Camp Mabry will feel it, too: more than 2,000 uniformed military technicians with the Texas National Guard will report for work, and training should start back up again. If you want to visit the LBJ Presidential Library or the LBJ National Historical Park, now you can. Both are back open.

Overnight, we asked Austinites if, going forward, they think Congress will change their tune.

"I don't think it's changed anything, anywhere," said Jason Wratislaw, of Austin.

"I hope it's gonna change and it's not gonna shut down again," said William Alexnander, of Austin.

"I don't think it's gonna be different," said Jay Campuzano, of Austin. "We need a major reform in the Congress."

And going forward, in just three months, Congress will need to figure out how to fund the government once again.Austinites React to Government Shutdown Ending


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