After 16 days of a shutdown and looming default, it’s finally over.
This manufactured crisis was a debacle in Washington, costing the economy $24 billion. It was far worse for low-income families who didn’t receive food assistance, federal employees forced off the job and small businessmen and women who postponed hiring because of frozen loan applications.
We can't allow extremists to shut down the government when they don't get their way. That’s why I worked with 14 colleagues – 7 Republicans, 6 Democrats, and 1 Independent – to end this crisis.
Now that we have moved past the shutdown, I’m focusing on finding long-term solutions. That begins with passing a real, long-term budget. I’ve introduced a bipartisan bill to create a two-year budget cycle, which would add critical stability to our economy.
The people of New Hampshire from across the political spectrum agree on priorities: creating jobs, reinvigorating small businesses, securing the middle class by cutting education costs, promoting energy efficiency and supporting our veterans.
I will continue to work with senators regardless of party to tackle America’s challenges. With this crisis temporarily resolved, it’s time for Congress to get back to work.