Oct. 16 - U.S. President Barack Obama said he will sign a bill ''immediately'' to reopen government and lift debt ceiling once the House passes the legislation. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he will sign legislation to reopen the U.S. government and avert a debt default as soon as it reaches the White House. Speaking after the Senate voted to end the fiscal impasse, but before the House of Representatives took a vote, Obama said the government will reopen immediately after he signs the bill, ending a 16-day shutdown. "We can begin to lift this cloud of uncertainty and unease from our businesses and from the American people," he said.