The United States Government Is Open for Business

As government workers are back to work, there is a lot of anger directed at lawmakers in Washington.
2:46 | 10/17/13

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the barricade come down, the shutdown is over and families finally get to see their treasured american monument. But there are still so many burning questions around this nation tonight. What about the cost of the 16-day spectacle and what about the man who led the shutdown forces, will he try to do it again? Abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl had a chance to ask just that in an abc news exclusive. Reporter: Vice-president biden dropped by the the epa this morning to greet returning federal workers. The shutdown ended after president obama stared down house republicans, re-opening the government without making any of the big changes to obama care they demanded. But he is not declaring victory. Let's be clear. There are no winners here. Reporter: No winners indeed. The 16 day shutdown cost by one estimate $24 billion and hurt u.S. Credibility around the world. The president placed 100 percent of the blame on republicans. You don't like a particular policy or a particular president, then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election. Push to change it. But don't break it. Reporter: The showdown left the republican party battered in the poles with party leaders placing the blame on senator cruz who kicked off the showdown with his 22 hour talk-a-thon last month against obama care. In an exclusive interview with abc news today cruz was as defiant as ever. You would do it again? I would do anything and i will continue to do anything i can to stop the train wreck that is obama care. I think our focus should not be on d.C. Politics. It should be on the people who are getting hurt. I got a question this because people hated this shutdown. They hated this impasse and this was seen as the ted cruz shutdown, you more than any single individual were seen as the one who triggered this crises to begin with. I agree that a lot of d.C. Politicians tried to call it that and the media did, too. To the public opinion nationally. I said throughout this we shouldn't have a shut. I don't wanted a shutdown. But there wouldn't have been a shutdown if you hadn't said -- there never would have been a shutdown if harry reid and president obama said we will not negotiate. Reporter: Republican leaders this congress are emphatic that it won't happen again. Mitch mcconnell said today, this is an old kentucky saying, there is no education in the second kick of a mule. The second kick of a mule. Got to love kentucky tonight

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