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Owens optimistic shutdown won't repeat

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Rep. Bill Owens Rep. Bill Owens
WASHINGTON -

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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