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Florida representatives optimistic about next shutdown deadline

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Updated: 10/17/2013 8:24 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- After three straight weeks of failed negotiations in Washington, Congressman Ander Crenshaw tells Action News he's happy to return back to Florida.

"I'm exhausted. it's good to be home," he said.

But it's only a short respite, with the government back open they have a new deadline to meet to prevent yet another shut down. So Action News wanted to know, did Congress just kick the can further down the road?

"I think it gives us three months to actually do the appropriations bills to actually fund the government," said Crenshaw. "That's our job and so we'll do that and then it puts in place this mechanism to really come to some conclusions about the budget," he said.

Crenshaw believes it's just the right amount of time for the house to get in order.

"I think by Jan. 15 we'll have the appropriations bills put in place, we'll have the government funded so we can stop lurching from crisis to crisis," he said.

Across party lines, Congresswoman Corrine Brown said she's also optimistic.

"I am going to think very positive and what is going on now is we have a conference committee and they are supposed to report back to us by Dec. 17 and so it won't be that last minute," said Brown.

The government will be funded until Jan. 15.
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