WASHINGTON – President
In a short statement delivered to reporters at the
The president spoke minutes after the
The final package makes only minor changes to the healthcare law, delivering a defeat to conservatives. But the bill also calls for a budget conference committee to negotiate a broader deal by Dec. 13. It funds the government through Jan. 15 and lifts the debt limit until Feb. 7.
If no deals are crafted, Washington could find itself on the brink of another shutdown standoff.
Obama said he hoped lawmakers would take the opportunity to craft a "sensible budget."
"Hopefully next time it won't be in the 11th hour," he said. "We've got to get out of the habit of governing by crisis."
As he was walking out of the briefing room, a reporter asked whether this would happen again in a few months.
"No," the president said, and continued walking.