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Shutdown is over, but for how long?

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- The government shutdown has finally come to an end but many are concerned the budget resolution was just a quick fix and another shutdown could happen next year.  

The next standoff could come as soon as January, when the spending agreement will end or in February, when the new debt ceiling level is reached.

"Let's shut this government down and people were like yeah let's do it, the Evil Knievel way of running things," said Dr. Barbara Warner, political science professor at Arkansas State University.

Congress has a few months of breathing room before they will have to come up with a more permanent fix. Warner said the economy has taken a hit from this shutdown.

"This is not a good way to run government, it is a way to weaken our standing in the world and weaken democracy," Warner said. "When we toy with government functionality to this level, we lose the confidence of consumers of citizens and of world leaders."

But this isn't the first shutdown Warner can speak to; she was on Capitol Hill during the last shutdown in 1995.

"That was tame this has been like guerilla warfare, after a hard day of wrangling over policies, members would still get together," Warner said. 

Warner said Congress recently exceeded all of her expectations.

"It was like Alice in Wonderland, what I thought was up was down and was down was up," she said. 

It all boils down to a bipartisan agreement on government funding. If Congress fails to agree by January 15, another government shutdown will occur.

"We've gotten to a point where compromise is a dirty word and I would say try that out in your family," Warner said. "I think we have to decide what kind of country do we want to be, Are we still a united country or do we want to fly of off in different directions."

The government shutdown took about $24 billion out of the economy. The debt ceiling deal extends through February 7 with current spending levels approved through January 15.

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