Steps used by members of Congress to enter the U.S. House of Representatives are empty at the U.S. Capitol in Washington October 7. Credit: Reuters New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg criticized Congress for a deal that "is simply kicking the can down the road."
Credit: Reuters

To the relief of the country, Congress approved zero-hour legislation last night ending the 16-day government shutdown and extending federal borrowing power to avoid a debt-ceiling crisis.

But the agreement reached by Republicans and Democrats only funds the government until Jan. 15 and raises the debt limit until Feb. 7, which is "simply kicking the can down the road," according to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The mayor's criticisms came during an unrelated press conference yesterday afternoon as reports indicated such an agreement was in the works.


"It is true it would be after the Christmas holiday shopping season, I suppose," Bloomberg said, shaking his head in disbelief. "But we're going to have the same problem come January."

He added: "We've got to stop all of this stuff and come up with a rational system."

The mayor noted House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, had "a very difficult road to hoe" before coming to the deal, but suggested partisan politics in Washington needed an overhaul.

"We want to talk about lack of partisanship when we still have these rules where they generally will not allow a vote if their own party does not have a majority —I just think that's not good government," Bloomberg said.

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