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Owens optimistic shutdown won't repeat

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Rep. Bill Owens Rep. Bill Owens

Legislators are meeting after 16 days of government shutdown. But the deal to end the shutdown, just postponed debate over some big budget issues. If lawmakers do not reach a larger budget compromise, the government could run out of money again early next year.

Now, a bipartisan committee is tasked with negotiating a new deal and one of the negotiators is Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont. He is one of two independents on the panel. There are also 14 Democrats and 14 Republicans.

Rep. Bill Owens, D-New York, is optimistic lawmakers have learned some lessons and the shutdown won't repeat itself.

"I'm hopeful this will have taught everyone a lesson and that we need to step away from the ideological name-calling activity and focus on the facts and come to solutions for the complex issues we face. These are not simple issues; they are very complicated and people need to start with the facts rather than ideology," Owens said.

Standard & Poor's estimates the U.S. economy took a $24 billion hit because of the shutdown.

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