President Obama said in a Wednesday statement after the Senate unveiled a plan to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling that lawmakers should accomplish several tasks before the year is over.
“We still need to pass a law to fix our broken immigration system,” Obama said. “We still need to pass a farm bill. And with the shutdown behind us and budget committees forming, we now have an opportunity to focus on a sensible budget that is responsible, that is fair, and that helps hardworking people all across this country. And we could get all these things done even this year if everybody comes together in a spirit of how are we going to move this country forward and put the last three weeks behind us. That’s what I believe the American people are looking for — not a focus on politics, not a focus on elections, but a focus on the concrete steps that can improve their lives.”
The deal reached on Wednesday leaves the controversial Affordable Care Act virtually unchanged, funds the government through January and raises the debt limit through February.
“Hopefully, next time, it won’t be in the 11th hour,” Obama said. “One of the things that I said throughout this process is we’ve got to get out of the habit of governing by crisis. And my hope and expectation is everybody has learned that there is no reason why we can’t work on the issues at hand, why we can’t disagree between the parties while still being agreeable, and make sure that we’re not inflicting harm on the American people when we do have disagreements.”