President Barack Obama warned politicians that Americans are “fed up” with Washington. Reuters reports on Oct. 17 that Obama mentioned the shutdown had damaged the economy without accomplishing anything. President Obama asked Congress to work together after the 16-day shutdown.
President Obama called the shutdown a self-inflicted crisis that had caused considerable damage to the U.S. economy. “The American people are completely fed up with Washington,” said Obama. He also mentioned the shutdown had hurt America’s credibility around the world.
The president shared there would be a renewed focus on the farm bill and immigration laws. The budget will also be a part of the push to accomplish something after the shutdown. Some Republicans have responded to President Obama, and one of them mentioned lecturing “at the end” of a crisis is not enough.
Although the government shutdown is officially over, this has not stopped workers from worrying as they return from furlough. The current budget deal is set to last through Jan. 15 and borrowing can last through Feb. 7. This creates the uneasy possibility of another budget fight in the future.
The shutdown allegedly cost $24 billion over 16 days. The losses range from reduced business spending to reduced tax payments from furloughed workers. The full impact of the shutdown is still being evaluated. However, it is clear that the American public is angry, and a recent poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal reveals that 60 percent would prefer to replace every member of Congress.