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(NECN: Justin Michaels) - For the last 16 days, places like the Charlestown Naval Yard have been shut down during the government shutdown. But Thursday morning, this place and hundreds of others across the country reopen to the public. Furloughed workers will be back to work. But the crisis averted Wednesday night has not gone away.
Some are saying the president won, some are saying the Republicans lost, but all that really happened is our leaders in Washington simply averted a crisis by delaying it.
President Obama said, "I want to thank the leadership for coming together to get this done, but hopefully next time it won't be in the 11th hour."
That's right, the president said ‘next time.’ The new catchphrase in Washington in the last 12 hours is "kick the can," Meaning they simply pushed our governments trouble back 90 days.
Mark this on your calendars. The government is now open through Jan. 15 and the debt ceiling has only been raised through Feb. 7.
Obama said, "We've got to get out of the habit of governing by crisis."
The crisis we came so close to with our government defaulting on its loans has only been averted temporarily.
Sen. Harry Reid said, "This was pain inflicted on our nation for no good reason."
The plan easily passed the Senate and the House Wednesday night, where most Republicans voted no, and the tea party promised to keep targeting Obamacare.
Sen. Ted Cruz said, “I am today encouraged by millions of Americans who want to get back to the Constitution and stop this train wreck of a law hurting Americans."
While moderate Republicans are vowing to prevent another debt crisis, they have 90 days to figure it out.
Now that the bill has been passed, the president has signed it and the government is now reopened, both houses of Congress say they are committing to a conference to work on a longer-term budget plan.