EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

New Hampshire

October 18, 2013

N.H. residents resent federal shutdown

Some anticipate a repetition early next year


U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., agreed.

“I’m glad we were able to come together and pass a bipartisan plan tonight to reopen our government, which never should have been shut down, and avoid the catastrophic economic consequences of a default,” she said.

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., also lauded the agreement.

“I’m glad that Republicans and Democrats have reached an agreement that will end the government shutdown and address the debt ceiling in the short term,” Ayotte said. “However, much work remains to be done to address the underlying fiscal challenges that brought us to this point – including our $17 trillion debt.”

Congresswoman Ann Kuster, D-N.H., admitted the agreement wasn’t ideal.

“This isn’t a perfect bill, but it reflects good-faith, bipartisan negotiations and provides a way forward at this late stage,” she said.

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