Loading…
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
HomeNewsNation
Published: Thursday, 10/17/2013 - Updated: 1 year ago

Government opens after 16-day shutdown; Obama blames Republicans for damaging economy

ASSOCIATED PRESS
President Barack Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House today in Washington. President Barack Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House today in Washington.
AP Enlarge

WASHINGTON — The government unlocked its doors today after 16 days, and President Barack Obama blasted Republican lawmakers for the partial shutdown that damaged the U.S. economy and America’s credibility around the world.

“The American people are completely fed up with Washington,” Obama said in stern remarks at the White House, just hours after signing a last-minute measure from Congress that headed off the threat that the nation would default on its debts.

In hopes of averting another standoff early next year when the temporary measure runs out, Congress’ four top budget writers met over breakfast Thursday to begin two months of budget talks. Obama urged them to put aside partisan differences and brinkmanship tactics to find common ground.

Obama also sought to ensure governments and investors around the world that the “full faith and credit of the United States remains unquestioned.”

“We’ll bounce back from this,” Obama said. “We always do.”



Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.

Related stories