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Press Release

For Immediate Release
October 16, 2013

Communications Office

Statement from Governor Hassan on Congressional Action to Reopen Federal Government, Avert Default

CONCORD - Governor Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today following Congressional action to end the federal government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling:

"While I am pleased that Congress finally reached an agreement to end the federal government shutdown and avert a catastrophic default, this entire episode was reckless and unnecessary, and it caused real harm to New Hampshire’s families and economy.

"With today"s agreement, there are new deadlines in place, but the days of Washington operating by showdown must end. The uncertainty caused by each successive confrontation hurts our economy and puts senseless strain on families.

"In New Hampshire, members of both parties have proven we can work together constructively to pass a budget on time and to solve problems on behalf of the people of our state. Washington must now do the same."