Obama Speaks Before House Votes, Plans to Reopen Government 'Immediately'

President Barack Obama praised the Senate's passage of a stopgap budget and debt deal Wednesday, vowing to sign the bill as soon as possible after the House passes it and "immediately" begin reopening the government.

Obama praised the leaders for reaching the deal in his statement at the White House and said he hopes that next time it won't take until the "eleventh hour" to get a deal.

"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," he said.

"My hope and expectation is 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," he said.

Obama plans to make another statement tomorrow at 10:35 a.m.
"I've got some thoughts about how we can move forward in the remainder of the year and stay focused on the job at hand, because there is a lot of work ahead of us, including our need to earn back the trust of the American people that has been lost over the last few weeks," he said.

Obama also was asked whether the nation was going to be right back at the same point three months from now.

"No," he said, to laughter.

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