Full transcript of Obama’s shutdown remarks

October 17, 2013
President Obama walks away from the podium after speaking at the White House on Oct. 17. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
President Obama walks away from the podium after speaking at the White House on Oct. 17. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

President Obama talked about the recent government shutdown during a news conference at the White House on Thursday, thanking federal workers for enduring the temporary draw-down and calling on lawmakers to avoid a repeat.

Obama said the shutdown “inflicted completely unnecessary damage on our economy,” and he urged Congress to pass “balanced” long-term budget.

Full transcript of the president’s remarks

The president also called on lawmakers to pass a comprehensive legislation and a new farm bill. Talks on both of those fronts stalled before budget talks began dominating discussions on the Hill in the lead-up to the shutdown, which ended Thursday morning.

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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