WOODBURY - While the federal government may be back up and running, the ramifications of the shutdown are likely to linger for some time.
President Barack Obama has called on lawmakers to learn from the lessons of a partial shutdown, while urging the parties involved to treat government less like an enemy.
Analysts add that the shutdown cost the economy around $24 billion, and multiple polls show both the president and Congress took hits to their approval ratings. House Republicans took the steepest popularity hit of all.
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Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) says he was critical of his own party's strategy from the beginning. Yet Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) says the debate is not about who came out on top politically, but about the suffering American people and extreme partisanship plaguing the nation.