Government Open Again, Obama Bemoans Senseless Damage

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government unlocked its doors Thursday 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.”

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