Government Reopens, Obama Says DC Must Change

U.S. president says Americans are 'fed up' with political brinkmanship inside the nation's capitol.
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This is an ABC news. Special. Good morning I'm George Stephanopoulos in New York were breaking into your program I know that's GMA for many of you on the West Coast because President Obama is about to speak from the state dining room of the White House. The subject that deal passing the congress late last night that ended the government shut down an extended the nation's debt limit. He signed into law early this morning opening up the government after sixteen days sixteen days -- some real hardship for government workers uncertainty in the economy. By some estimates that had told 24 billion dollars we may be right back to the brinksmanship soon to deal only keeps the government open until January 15. Extends the debt limit until February 7. We'll see Vice President Biden here greetings -- -- workers looking back to work this morning if I go CBC senior White House correspondent Jon Karl at the White House and John. The president said this cannot happen again and we're expecting here from right now is some of his plans for about how to go forward. That's right and he's gonna welcome back federal workers as the chief of staff to the White House was doing just a short while ago at the gates here but he is going to be looking forward saying the congress. Has to get back to work right now on a plan to keep the government funded once we hit that before we -- that deadline of January 15 last night George he was asked if this could happen again as he was leaving his announcement. Last night and he said. You know -- long -- absolutely not this cannot happen again we cannot allow others to go to the Parikh. Of course there are many members of congress -- say they just want that fight one more time. -- UCL -- plays out over the next several weeks as the congress goes back in and tries to hammer out a budget but the difference is still very wide. Between the two parties as if -- were waiting for the president's a group of White House workers who worked through the shut down as the president comes to the podium. More -- but it. -- -- -- Well last night I signed legislation to reopen our government and pay America's bills. Because Democrats. And responsible Republicans came together the first government shutdown in seventeen years is now over. The first default in more than 200 years will not happen. These. Twin threats to our economy. Have now been lifted and I want to thank those Democrats and Republicans for getting together and ultimately getting. This job done. Now there's been a lot of discussion -- the politics of this -- But let's be clear there are no winners here. These last few weeks have inflicted completely unnecessary damage. On our economy. We don't know yet the full scope of the damage but every analyst out -- believes it slowed our growth. We know that families have gone without paychecks or services they depend on. We know that potential homebuyers have gotten fewer mortgages and small business loans have been put on hold. We know that consumers have cut back on spending. And that half of all CEOs today that the shutdown and the threat of shutdown set back their plans. A higher over the next six months. We know that just the threat of default. Of America not paying all the bills that we -- on time. Increase our borrowing costs. Which -- toward deficit. And of course we know that the American people's frustration with what goes on in this town. Has never been higher. That's not a surprise. For the American people are completely. Fed up. -- Washington. At a moment when -- economic recovery demands more jobs. More momentum. We've got yet another self inflicted crisis. But said our economy back. And for what. There was no economic rationale. For all of us. Over the past four years our economy's been growing. Our businesses have been creating jobs. And our deficits have been cut in half. We hear some members who pushed for the shutdown. Say they were doing it to save the American economy. But nothing has done more to undermine our economy these past three years. In the kind of tactics. That create these manufactured crises. And you don't have to take my work -- The agency that put America's credit rating on watch the other day. Explicitly cited all of this. Saying that our economy remains more dynamic. And resilient than other advanced economies. And that the only thing putting us at risk is I'm quoting here repeated brinksmanship. That's what the credit rating agency said. I wasn't a political statement that was an analysis. Of what's hurting our economy. By people's whose job it is to analyze these things. That also happens to be the view of our diplomats. Who've been hearing from their counterparts in the national. Some of the same folks who pushed for the shutdown and threaten default. Claim their actions were needed to get America back on the right track. To make sure were strong. But probably nothing has done more damage. To America's credibility in the world. Are standing with other countries. -- the spectacle -- we've seen these past several weeks. It's encouraged our enemies. It's embolden our competitors. As depressed our friends. Who looked -- for steady leadership. Now the good news is. Will bounce back from us. We always do. America -- the bedrock of the global economy for a reason. We are the indispensable nation that the rest of the world looks to as the safest and most reliable place to invest. Something that's made it easier for generations of Americans to invest. In their own futures. We have earned that responsibility. Over more than two centuries because of dynamism of our economy and -- entrepreneur worse. The productivity of -- workers. But also because we keep our word and we meet our obligations. That's what full faith and credit needs. You can count on us. And today I want our people and our businesses and the rest of the world. To know that the full faith and credit of the United States remains on question. But all my friends in congress. Understand how business is done in this town. Has to change. Because we've all got a lot of work to do on behalf of the American people and that includes. The hard work of regaining their trust. Our system of self government doesn't function without. And now that the government has reopened. And this threat to our economy is removed. All of us need to stop focusing on the lobbyists and the bloggers and the Talking Heads on radio. And the professional activists who profit from conflict and focus on what the majority of Americans sent us here to do. And that's grow this economy. Create good jobs. Strengthen middle class. Educate our kids. Lay the foundation for broad based prosperity and get our fiscal house in order for the long haul. That's why we're here. That should be our focus. -- that won't be easy. We all know the we have divided government right now. There's a lot of noise out there. And the pressure from the extremes. Affecting how a lot of members of congress see. Of the day to day work -- -- be done here and let's face it the American people don't see every issue the same way. That does mean we can't make progress. And when we disagree. We don't have to suggest that the other side doesn't love this country here. Believe in free enterprise -- all the other rhetoric that seems to get worse every single year. If we disagree on something we can move on. And focus on the things we agree on. And get some stuff done. -- be specific about three places where I believe we can make progress right now. First. In the coming days and weeks. We should sit down and pursue a balanced approach to -- responsible but. The budget that grows are coming faster. And shrinks our long term deficits further. At the beginning of this year. That's what both Democrats and Republicans committed to doing. Senate passed a budget house passed a budget. They're supposed to come together and negotiate. And had. One side not decided to pursue a strategy of brinksmanship. Each side could have gotten together and figured out. How -- -- a budget. -- provide certainty to businesses. And people who rely on government. Provide certain and investors and our economy. And we be growing faster right now. The good news legislation I signed yesterday now requires. Congress to do exactly that -- it could have been -- -- all. And we shouldn't approach this process. Creating a budget as an ideological exercise. Just cutting for the -- -- cut. The issue is not growth vs fiscal responsibility we need both. We need a budget that deals with the issues that most Americans are focused on. Creating more good jobs that pay better -- And remember the deficit is getting smaller. Not bigger. It's going down faster than it has in the last fifty years. The challenge we have right now are not short term deficits. It's. The long term obligations that we had. Around things like Medicare and Social Security. We want to make sure those are -- for future generations. The key now is a budget that cuts out the things that we don't need. Closes corporate tax loopholes that don't help create jobs. And frees up resources for the things that do help us -- Like education and infrastructure and -- search and these things historically have not been partisan. And -- shouldn't be as difficult as has been in past years because we already spend less than we did a few years ago. Our deficits are half of what they were a few years ago. The debt problems we have now our long term and we -- -- them. Without shortchanging our kids we're shortchanging our grandkids. Or weakening. The security that. Current generations of -- from their hard work. So that's number one number two. We should finish fixing the job. -- -- -- -- Number two we should finish the job of fixing our broken immigration system. There's already a broad coalition across America that's behind this effort. Comprehensive immigration reform. From business leaders -- faith leaders to law enforcement. In fact the senate has already passed a bill -- strong bipartisan support. That would make the biggest commitment to border security and our history. Would modernize our legal immigration system. Make sure everyone plays by the same rules make sure the folks who came here. You legally have to pay a fine pay back taxes. Meet their responsibilities. That bills are to pass the senate. And economists estimate that if that bill becomes law. Our economy would be 5% larger two decades from now that's. One point four trillion dollars in new economic growth. The majority of Americans think this is the right thing to do. And -- sitting there waiting for the house to pass. Out of the house has ideas on how to improve the senate bill. Let's hear him. Let's start the negotiations. But let's not leave this problem to keep festering for another year or two years or three years. This can and should get done by the end. Of this year. Number three. We should pass a farm bill. One that American. Farmers and ranchers can depend -- one that protects vulnerable children and adults in times of need. One big gives rule of communities opportunities to grow and the long term certainly that they deserve. Again the senate already passed a solid bipartisan bill. It's got support from Democrats. And Republicans. It's sitting. In the house waiting for passage. -- house Republicans have ideas. But they think would improve the farm bill. Let's -- of let's negotiate. What are we waiting for. Let's get this done. So passing a budget. Immigration reform. Farm bill those are three specific things. That would make a huge difference of our economy right now. And we can get them done by the end of the year. If our focus is on. What's good for the American people. And that's just the big stuff for all -- other things that we could be don't. The don't get as much attention. I understand we will not suddenly agree on everything. Now that the cloud of crisis has passed. Democrats and Republicans are far apart on a lot of issues. And I recognize there folks on the other side who think that my policies are -- -- That's putting it mildly. That's okay. That's democracy that's how it works. We can debate those differences. Vigorously. Passionately. In good faith. Through the normal democratic process. And sometimes. Will be just too far part to forge an agreement. But that should not hold back. Our efforts. In areas where we do agree. We shouldn't fail to act on areas that we do agree. Or could agree just because we don't think it's good politics. -- because the extremes in our party. Don't like the -- compromises. I will look for willing partners. Where ever I can't. To get important work -- And there's no good reason why we can't govern. Responsibly. Despite our different. Without lurching from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis. In fact one of things that I hope all of us have learned these past few weeks. Is that it turns out Smart effective government is important. It matters. During the American people during the shutdown. Had a chance to get it. Some idea. All the things large and small. The government does that make a difference in people's lives. And we hear all the time about how government -- the problem. What turns out we rely on -- in a whole lot of ways. Not only does -- keep us strong to our military and our law enforcement. It plays a vital role in caring -- seniors and our veterans. Educating our kids. -- ensure our workers are trained for the jobs that are being created. Arming our businesses with the best science and technology so they can compete. With companies. From other countries. The plays a key role in keeping our food and our towards our workplaces. It helps folks. Rebuild after a storm. -- conserve our natural resources. -- finances start ups it helps to sell our products overseas. To provide security -- diplomats abroad. So let's work together to make government. Work better. Instead of treating it like an enemy. Or purposely making it work worse. That's not what the founders of this nation envisioned when they gave us the gift of self government. You don't like a particular policy. -- particular president. That argue for your position. -- other and win -- more action. Push to change it. But don't break it. Don't break what our predecessors spent over two centuries building. That's not. Being faithful to what this country's about. -- brings me to one last point. I've got a simple message for all the dedicated and patriotic. Federal workers. Who by the worked without pay or been forced off the job without pay these past few weeks including. Most of my own set. Thank you. Thanks for service. Welcome back. When you do is important. It matters. You defend our country overseas you deliver benefits -- troops who earned them. When they come home you guard our borders you protect our civil rights. You know businesses -- And gain foot holds an overseas markets. You protect that air we breathe. And the water our children drink. You push the boundaries of science and space. You got hundreds of thousands of people each day through the glories. Of this country. Thank you. What you do is important. Know what everybody else tell you different. -- -- young people who come to this the city to serve. Believe that -- matters. When you know what you're right. -- -- And those of us who have the privilege to serve this country. Have an obligation to do our job as best we can't. We come from different parties but we are Americans first. That's wide disagreement cannot mean dysfunction. -- -- Degenerate into hatred. The American people's hopes and dreams are what matters. Not -- Our obligations are to them. Our regard for them compels us all Democrats and Republicans. To cooperate. And compromise. An act in the best interests. Of our nation. One nation. Under god. Indivisible. Liberty and justice for -- Thanks very much. Fresno Obama handing out -- out of gratitude for this government workers hit by this sixteen day government shut down now over. Also laying out where he hopes congress to make some progress in the coming weeks and months of course -- he wants to avoid. What he called lurching from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis we cannot he said have another government shut down. Another round of brinksmanship over the deadly enemy with Matt Matt -- doubt our political contributor and -- and met the president seemed to be. Alternating between scolding. Congress and encouraging compromise. It's a fat acceptance speech was fascinating because here the president was talking about the biggest threat to our economy and our position in the world. Was dysfunction in the political divide and -- about to have the fifth anniversary of the president's election. Who ran on how to fix this problem in Washington that he believed that existed there. His presidency is actually captured I think in that speech so far it seesawed between attack. In accommodation between conflict and consensus and I think for the next three years. He has to figure out is he going to be one -- of that cease our the other because he's gone between dolphin that speech -- at points -- times as we need to come together but rather what's in times. He was point -- finger and said this is a problem in the house and that's what's damaging to our democracy right now so he's got to -- once out of the -- -- -- -- -- -- he's going to be doing -- -- -- For the next three years and -- -- the president laying out three specific areas he wants to see progress this year on the budget on immigration reform. On the farm bill and there are some. -- -- on the congress are prepared to start working with the president on this -- met with. One of the leading fire -- who is on the leading the fight. Over this government shut down senator Ted Cruz of Texas -- -- -- he's not in a compromising mood yet. Absolutely not George Ted Cruz just told me. That first of all no apologies for leading this fight he said the only problem and all this was that Republicans did not fight hard enough they should have kept the fight up. As for whether or not he is willing to push this to the break again on January 15 when government funding runs out he does not rule it out. He won't say yes he won't say nobody says his fight to the -- Obama -- only just begun -- seems to follow. Some see as -- -- you get into the new year Jon Karl -- Jack thanks very much. We're return at a regular programming that is GMA for -- be on the West Coast course recovering this all the time at And science or of a full wrap up later tonight on world news. -- -- -- This has been a special from BBC.

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