During the shutdown, 85 percent of government stayed open despite the hoopla  reported in the media. Government is now 100 percent open. Debt-ceiling  deadlines have been averted, but the real problem remains: a $17 trillion debt  and a president who continues to pile on new debt at a rate  of $1 million a minute.

The government  shutdown  occurred because Senate Majority Leader Harry  Reid allows the Senate to lurch from deadline  to deadline without passing a single appropriations bill. Had he done his job  and passed each of the 12 appropriations bills, the government could have stayed  open.

Opening government has not resolved  the big picture — a debt  problem so large that it dwarfs all deadlines and threatens the very fabric of  the nation. What remains is an unsustainable debt, precisely the problem that  motivated me to run for office.

There was never any reason to shut down government. If both sides were  willing to compromise, we could have found amicable solutions to these severe  problems. But let the record state clearly, no significant spending restraint  was accomplished because President Obama  steadfastly refused to negotiate. Let us also remember his promise that he will  negotiate as long as the compromises are outside of any budgetary deadlines.

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