Some see the agreement as a temporary truce that sets up another collision between the President and Republicans next year. And Texas Senator Ted Cruz is not ruling out another fight.
First District Congressman Richard Neal says there were no real winners in what he refers to as a manufactured crisis. Neal says, “You don’t shut down the government because you can’t get your way at the bargaining table. There was an election. Barak Obama won the election by five million votes. That’s the point. And I think the process here, which certainly calls for Congress to be involved, ought to be part of negotiating that is entirely legitimate and not saying I’m going to close the government if I don’t get my way.”
And when it comes to House Speaker John Boehner, Congressman Neal told me that he thinks Boehner exhausted every conceivable avenue in an effort to bring Tea Party Republicans to the bargaining table. But in so doing he contributed to the shutdown.