By David Jackson
President Obama said Wednesday that he and Congress need to get moving on a post-shutdown agenda -- one that includes earning back the trust of the American people.
"There is a lot of work ahead of us," Obama said during brief remarks in the White House press room.
Lawmakers can start "by addressing the real issues" that Americans care about, Obama said.
Obama spoke minutes after the Senate passed a bill ending the 16-day government shutdown and averting a default on its debts.
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The House is expected to pass the bill later Wednesday night,and Obama said he would sign it.
"We'll begin re-opening our government immediately," Obama said. "And we can begin to lift this cloud of uncertainty and unease from our businesses and from the American people."
Obama said lawmakers should re-dedicate themselves to the nation's pressing issues, such as jobs, immigration, the economy, a farm bill, and the size of the federal debt. He said he will lay out specifics on Thursday.
After thanking Democratic and Republican leaders for the Wednesday agreement, Obama said all lawmakers need to stop "governing by crisis."
He pledged to work with both parties moving forward on a full agenda, including future spending plans and debt ceiling increases. The current bill calls for funding the government through Jan. 15 and extending the nation's borrowing authority through Feb. 7.
"Once again, I want to thank the leadership for coming together and getting this done," Obama said. "Hopefully, next time, it won't be in the 11th hour."
As the president exited the press room, a reporter asked: "Isn't this going to happen all over again in a few months?"
Obama turned and replied: "No."