Sen. John KerryJohn KerryJohn Kerry channels Yoda in tweetstorm John Kerry goes on tweetstorm as Senate eyes Iran legislation John Kerry's advice to Harvard grads: Learn Russian MORE (D-Mass.) believes the U.S. is at risk of a double-dip recession. He said the United States is a contributor to the weak global economy, but blamed Europe for being the primary cause.

Kerry said the "real" problem is long-term structural debt, not short-term spending cuts.

"The debt deal that we just did is barely a scratch on the surface of what we need to do," Kerry said.

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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Healthcare: CBO fallout | GOP senators distance themselves from House bill | Trump budget chief blasts score | Schumer says House bill belongs 'in the trash' Schumer: Republicans should throw their health bill 'in the trash' Overnight Finance: GOP bill would leave 23M more uninsured, says CBO | Trump aides defend budget | Mnuchin asks for clean debt hike before August | Ryan says House could pass bill without border tax MORE (I-Vt.) said he "wouldn't hold his breath" for a spot on the soon-to-be-formed "supercommittee," but would like to serve.

Sanders predicted the supercommittee negotiations will end up revolving around how much defense spending is cut.

He felt confident that Republicans won't compromise on taxes. He told Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThis week: Congress awaits Comey testimony Will Republicans grow a spine and restore democracy? Racial representation: A solution to inequality in the People’s House MORE (D-Nev.) not to appoint any Democrats who would consider cutting Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare.

"The best we can do now is hold the line."

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood praised Harry Reid, as well as President Obama, for their work in ending the Federal Aviation Administration stalemate. He said he is "thrilled" that FAA employees and construction workers will be able to go back to work.

LaHood also thanked Sens. Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerObama to preserve torture report in presidential papers Lobbying world Overnight Tech: Senators place holds on FCC commissioner MORE (D-W.Va.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Max BaucusMax BaucusLawmakers: Leave advertising tax break alone GOP: FBI firing won't slow agenda White House tax-reform push is ‘game changer,’ says ex-chairman MORE (D-Mont.) for their help in ending the shutdown, but blamed Congress for creating the situation in the first place.


Presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) slammed Republicans for mishandling the debt-ceiling debate. He said the GOP should have maintained a stronger focus on a balanced-budget amendment.

When asked about swipes at Republicans, he said debt-ceiling legislation was a bad deal and should have focused on the balanced-budget amendment. He also blasted presidential candidates in Congress, saying they lacked leadership on the issue.

"They didn't do what needed to be done; we needed to balance the budget. We need to limit the size and scale of government. They kicked the can down the road," Santorum said.

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PIMCO CEO Mohamed El-Erian said he is relieved that the jobs number was "relatively good." He said not to underestimate the importance of decent unemployment data.

"It's good to have been able to have paused this negative loop, but we need to reverse it, because a lot of damage was created yesterday."