Obama thanks Senate for passing debt deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is thanking Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate for passing a deal to end the partial government shutdown and avert a default.
Obama says if and when the House approves the bill, he’ll sign it immediately. He says the U.S. will start reopening the government right away.
Obama says now it’s time to win back the trust of Americans that’s been lost during the crisis.
Obama spoke at the White House minutes after the Senate passed the measure. The bill calls for opening the government through Jan. 15 and extending the nation’s borrowing authority through Feb. 7.
Obama says once these issues are resolved, he wants to move forward this year on immigration, farm legislation and a larger budget deal.