Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryFor the sake of national security, Trump must honor the Iran deal Bernie Sanders’s 1960s worldview makes bad foreign policy DiCaprio: History will ‘vilify’ Trump for not fighting climate change 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 SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Clip shows Larry David and Bernie Sanders reacting after discovering they're related For now, Trump dossier creates more questions than answers 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 ReidChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Republicans are headed for a disappointing end to their year in power Obama's HHS secretary could testify in Menendez trial 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 RockefellerOvernight Tech: Trump nominates Dem to FCC | Facebook pulls suspected baseball gunman's pages | Uber board member resigns after sexist comment Trump nominates former FCC Dem for another term Obama to preserve torture report in presidential papers MORE (D-W.Va.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusBernie Sanders flexes power on single-payer ObamaCare architect supports single-payer system Trump has yet to travel west as president 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."