President Obama tonight thanked the leaders of both parties in the Senate for passing a deal to reopen the government and avert default, and said he will sign the bill “immediately.”
“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 will begin reopening our government immediately,” he told reporters in the White House briefing room. “And we can begin to lift this cloud of uncertainty and unease from our businesses and from the American people.”
The president spoke shortly after the Senate overwhelmingly passed the bill negotiated by the Republican and Democratic leaders, but before the House voted.
With an economic crisis averted and the government on track to reopen, the president said it’s time to “earn back the trust of the American people that has been lost over the last few weeks.”
“Hopefully, that’s a lesson that will be internalized, not just by me but also by Democrats and Republicans, not only the leaders but also the rank and file,” he added.
Lawmakers will soon be able to prove whether that lesson has been learned; the bill’s timeline sets up yet another budget showdown early next year.
“Isn’t this going to happen all over again in a few months?” a reporter asked, as Obama walked out of the briefing room.
The president turned at the door, smiled, and said firmly, “no.”