Delaware Senator Tom Carper told reporters outside his Sussex County office in Georgetown that he's happy to be able to go back to work with all of his colleagues in Congress now that the partial government shutdown is over. However, he says more work still needs to be done to avoid the possibility of another shutdown in January.
Sen. Carper says Democrats and Republicans will both have to make some concessions that they won't be crazy about, such as entitlement reform and increasing tax revenues, in order to reach a long-term budget agreement that will pay down the nation's debt and deficit. He described how half of what the federal government spends is on entitlements, such as welfare, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Sen. Carper says last week, he did talk to Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who became the public face of the shutdown. He says he tried to convince Cruz (whose mother is from Wilmington, Del.) to try and reach across the aisle to get things done.
Now that Carper and his colleagues have averted a national default, he says he and his Congressional colleagues now have a chance to work on some serious issues, such as the national debt and deficit and entitlement reform. During the shutdown, Carper says he was working on legislation to reform the U.S. Postal Service, and bringing that legislation onto the Senate floor.
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