Government shutdown 2013: Furloughed workers relieved to be back at work

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - From downtown D.C. to Ballston in Arlington, previously furloughed workers are getting back to work Thursday.

Like so many others, Rebecca Sansom is relieved Congress reached a deal, but remains bitter the shutdown happened at all.

β€œIt's like they're playing a game with our lives and it's not fair,” Sansom says.

The bill passed to reopen the government grants back-pay to furloughed employees and clears the way for federal workers to get a 1 percent pay raise in January.

But back-pay will not be coming to furloughed government contractors like Patrick Boulden.

"Just have to roll with it,” Boulden says. β€œI have no choice. What can I do."

Speaking Thursdsay morning from the White House, President Obama urged a familiar theme: Change must come to Washington.

"All of us need to stop focusing on the lobby and the bloggers and that talking heads on radio and those who profit on conflict and do what the American people sent us here to do ... that's grow the economy," he said.