Following the deal that was reached by congressional leaders on Wednesday, Oct. 16, NCSL released the following statement:

“States welcome the news that a temporary deal has been struck to reopen the federal government and avoid defaulting on our nation’s financial obligations. Over the past two weeks, the effects of the shutdown have begun to wear on states and their economies. With federal dollars accounting for more than a third of total state spending, states require certainty from the federal government in order to develop their own budgets. The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) urges Congress and the administration to use the next few weeks to develop a long-term agreement in order to provide stability and prevent another shutdown.” 

– Senator Bruce Starr (R-Ore.), President of the National Conference of State Legislatures