Stutzman Speaks: Government Reopens, No Long Term Deal (VIDEOS)

By Benecia Brown - 21Alive
By Emma Koch - 21Alive

October 17, 2013 Updated Oct 17, 2013 at 6:32 PM EDT

UNITED STATES (21Alive) -- The government is officially back open for business Thursday after 16 days of political grandstanding. Democrats and Republicans came together in the 11th hour to strike a deal.

Congressman Marlin Stutzman joined 21Alive on set, fresh off his flight back to Indiana, to discuss the deal. Check out the video for more.

The deal saves the country from a default on debt and puts nearly a million furloughed workers back on the job.

The agreement written in the Senate passed through both chambers Wednesday, and made it to the president's desk Wednesday night.

It isn't a long-term deal. It will keep the government running until January and extend the debt limit until February.

President Obama says he hopes a lesson has been learned and that congress won't govern by crisis again.

“My hope and expectation is everybody has learned that there's no reason why we can't work on the issues at hand,” President Obama said. “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.”

Standard and Poor’s reports the shutdown took an estimated $24 billion out of the U.S. economy.

Meanwhile the Affordable Care Act, which is the law that Congressional Republicans wanted to defund, remains unchanged.

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