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    Obama: Put the Shutdown Behind Us

    President Barack Obama makes a statement to reporters in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. The Senate voted to avoid a financial default and reopen the government after a 16-day partial shutdown and the measure now heads to the House, which is expected to back the bill before day's end. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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    As it appears the weeks of stalemate are coming to a close, President Obama briefly addressed the press room on Wednesday night, lauding the Senate-approved bill which would end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling but which is still waiting for a House vote. He pledged to sign the agreement and re-open the government "immediately" after the compromise passes, saying he's "convinced Democrats and Republicans can work together to make progress for America." Congress has "got to get out of the habit of governing by crisis," Obama said before leaving the podium. "Isn't this going to happen again in a few months?" a reporter called after him. "No!" he shouted back. The president will address the nation again at 10:35 a.m. on Thursday.

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