Quotes: Government Shutdown Averted At Last Minute

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President Obama speaks about the budget and averted government shutdown on Friday, April 8, 2011.

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“Today, Americans of different beliefs came together again. In the final hours before our government would have been forced to shut down, leaders in both parties reached an agreement.”

–PRESIDENT OBAMA, speaking about the last-minute congressional deal reached late Friday to avert a government shutdown. The House and Senate rushed through a stopgap bill that will cut $38 billion in spending to keep the government running. (via CNN)