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.

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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