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Published October 17, 2013, 08:52 AM

North Dakota delegation favors end-of-shutdown measure

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — All three members of North Dakota's congressional delegation voted in favor of the measure that has ended the 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government and averted the possibility of a national default.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — All three members of North Dakota's congressional delegation voted in favor of the measure that has ended the 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government and averted the possibility of a national default.

However, Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Rep. Kevin Cramer all said there is much work to be done to find long-term solutions to government spending and the national deficit.

The federal government reopened its doors after Congress on Wednesday approved the bipartisan measure ending the shutdown and President Barack Obama signed it early Thursday, ending a brawl with Republicans who tried to use the legislation to derail Obama's health care law and demand concessions on the budget.

Heitkamp, a Democrat, said the bill closely resembled one she and a bipartisan group of 13 other senators had put together. She said in a statement that it is time for Congress to "act responsibly."

"North Dakotans deserve a government that doesn't face manufactured crisis after crisis due to political posturing," she said. "I've been beyond frustrated by the gridlock we've seen in Washington — particularly over the last few weeks."

Hoeven, a Republican, said he would have liked more savings and spending reforms in the bill, "but this agreement is as much as we could get at this time."

"Today's agreement restores important services for the American people and reaffirms the full faith and credit of the United States government to nations and markets around the world," he said in a statement. "But our work is not yet done. In the weeks and months ahead, we need to get our country on a more stable, more sustainable fiscal footing, for ourselves and for our children."

Cramer, a Republican, also called the measure a "short-term solution."

"It is far from ideal; however we cannot let the pursuit of perfection be the enemy of improvement," he said in a statement. "I am still hopeful we can grow the economy by reducing the debt and deficit through the broader budget negotiation this plan requires."

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