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REP. ENGEL ON BUDGET AGREEMENT

I congratulate my colleagues on coming to an agreement to reopen the government, and stave off the default crisis.  However this is no way to run a government. We cannot lurch from crisis to crisis, holding our economy hostage and shutting down our government to come to policy agreements.

We are supposed to lead by example. All we accomplish by settling our disputes this way is to hold America up to ridicule across the country and throughout the world.

The agreement reached tonight is bi-partisan.  This is the way we have always reached agreements. It is time to return to that way of governing.

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