Today, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) issued the following statement after the Senate passed legislation to reopen the federal government and ensure that the U.S. does not default:
"I'm relieved that we are finally reopening the government and that we've let the world know that the U.S. will pay its bills on time. Now we must focus on the work we were sent here to do. I look forward to having a serious discussion about how we can continue to spur our economic recovery while addressing the long-term sustainability of our debt.
"Minnesotans are rightly frustrated with Washington, and I am too. I hope those Members of Congress who caused this shutdown learn that the American people don't want us to govern by lurching from crisis to crisis. I hope we are able to return to working on the issues we should be focused on: putting people back to work, educating our kids, and strengthening our economic recovery."