Barack Obama
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All In   |  October 16, 2013

We must stop 'governing by crisis'

President Barack Obama spoke at the White House after the U.S. Senate voted to pass a bill to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. He said he would sign the bill immediately after its final passage.

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>> speaking right now.

>>> tonight, the republicans and democrats in congress have come together around an agreement that will reopen our government and remove the threat of default from our economy. the senate has now voted to approve the agreement, and democrats and the republicans in house still have an important vote to take. but i want to thank the leaders of both parties for getting us to this point. once this agreement arrives on my desk i will sign it immediately. we'll begin reopening our government. immediately. and we can begin to lift this cloud of uncertainty and unease from our businesses and from the american people . i'll have more to say about this tomorrow. and i've got some thoughts about how we can move forward in the rema remai remainder of the year and stay focused on the job at hand. because there is a lot of work ahead of us, including needing to earn back the trust of the american people . we can do that by addressing the real issues they care about. i have said it before, and i'll say it again. i'm willing to work with anybody, i'm eager to work with everybody. democrat, house republicans, or senators, anything that will grow our economy, strengthen the middle class and get our fiscal house stronger in the long-term. i never believed the democrats had had a monopoly on good ideas. and despite the differences over the issues of shutting down the government, i'm convinced that democrats and republicans can work together to make progress for america. in fact, there are things that we know will help strengthen our economy that we could get done before this year is out. we still need a lot to pass our broken immigration system, we still need to pass our 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, fair and that helps hard working people all across this country. and we could get all of these things done even this year if everybody comes together in the spirit of how are we going to move this country forward? and put the last three weeks behind us. that is what i believe the american people are looking for, not a focus on politics. not a focus on elections, but the focus on the concrete steps that can improve their lives. that is going to be my focus, i'm looking forward to congress doing the same, but once again, i want to thank the leadership for coming together and getting this done. hopefully, next time -- it won't be in the 11th hour. one of the things i said throughout the process is we have to get out of the habit of governing by crisis. and my hope and expectation is that 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. so hopefully that is a lesson that will be internalized. and not just by me, but also by democrats and republicans and also the rank and file .