Government shutdown ends: President Obama speaks morning after signing bill

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says now that the shutdown is over, leaders in Washington should focus on a budget, immigration reform and a farm bill.

Obama laid out his agenda the morning after signing a bill reopening the government and averting a default.

He said the first focus should be on reaching a budget agreement. Congressional negotiators starting discussing that issue Thursday.

Both parties should pursue a budget that lowers deficits, invests in education and infrastructure, cuts unnecessary spending and closes corporate loopholes, Obama said.

He also said Congress should finish an immigration bill by the end of the year.

An overhaul passed the Senate but stalled in the House.

Obama's third priority is to pass an overdue farm bill. The House and Senate are at odds on that issue, too.

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