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Vice President Joe Biden, left, greets Environmental Protection Agency workers as they return to work after 16 days of a government shutdown at the William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building in Washington on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013.  Thousands of furloughed federal workers returned to work across the country Thursday after 16 days off the job due to the partial government shutdown.

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Vice President Joe Biden, left, greets Environmental Protection Agency workers as they return to work after 16 days of a government shutdown at the William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building in Washington on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. Thousands of furloughed federal workers returned to work across the country Thursday after 16 days off the job due to the partial government shutdown.