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Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg News White House correspondent Julianna Goldman reports on what comes next for the Obama Administration following an agreement to end the government shutdown and lift the debt limit. She speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

Government is open for business.

President obama signing the bill, ending the shutdown and raising the debt ceiling a little after midnight.

Julianna goldman has the latest from washington on the president.

What does he do today?

We are going to hear from him a little bit later.

Jesse move on with his life?

I think one thing the white house is going to be celebrating his 80% of its staff is coming back to work.

Denis mcdonough, the chief of staff, usually has four assistance and was down to two over the last 16 days.

Having a full white house of and running is something a lot of people are going to appreciate.

Maybe if the weather is nice, the president can go play golf this week.

They do need -- he can't, robert wolf is here in new york.

He can play golf today.

Not today, this weekend.

Robert, have you gotten any calls yet?

Hi, giuliana.

He is not saying.

I want to play soundbite about what president obama said washington should focus on other the crisis is over.

We still need to pass a law to fix our immigration system, pass a farm bill, and with the shutdown behind us, and budget committees forming, we now have an opportunity to focus on a sensible budget that is responsible, that is fair, and helps hard-working people all across this country.

So he is going back to his ambitious agenda.

The problem is, they couldn't even get the government open for 16 days.

They barely prevented the u.s. government default.

How is he going to get these projects done?

Right, if they can keep the government open for 16 days, how are they going to get tax reform done?

I think one of the biggest things the white house days to turn to is fixing the rollout of the health care law.

That is something everybody has not been focusing on over this debt and shutdown fight.

One of the big questions going forward is whether or not congress and the white house is going to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time, especially since this deal really kicks the can down the road to december and january and february.

In this fiscal sort is still going to be hanging over them.

It is the first year of his second term of this administration.

Robert wolf is with us.

When did you first meet the president?

2006. it has been a long road with you and your golfing partner.

What has changed after this battle in the white house?

You are not in the white house, but what has changed within the oval office in the west wing?

Two things.

As we have said before, business is supportive of where the president is going.

They were not for the shutdown or negotiations on the debt ceiling.

They are for immigration reform and corporate tax reform.

You have a lot of things aligning with the business community.

I would say secondly, i think it is important we have seen a lot of the moderate republicans talk about immigration and how key it is.

As mentioned earlier, you saw boehner break the rule.

The question is, does immigration become the next thing were republicans and -- can really shift?

Ian, what is your optimism we can govern in washington versus goat -- what was a, 16 days?

Despite the fact we can't govern, people are still going to be optimistic.

In a sense, that is why congress continues to get a free pass on not governing.

I completely agree that focusing on rollout of health care, which was the signature piece of legislation obama actually passed over the course of five years of his predecessors the, is what he needs to focus on.

They will indeed do that -- they will start talking about jobs again.

I would love to see -- but this isn't even over.

We can't talk about the second term agenda without talking about the fact we have new deadlines on the debt.

January and february.

One thing about the sequester that place to possibly real bipartisan deal is it is mainly about defense.

You have to actually fix that in january.

My guess is the republicans don't want the sequester decay can -- to kick in.

You may get some flexibility on the sequester as well.

What is the strategy for the administration to get around these fiscal deadlines and even sequestration so he can focus on what is important him like immigration?

To robert's point, i think they do see the deal as opening an avenue to possibly deal with sequestration.

It is one of the reasons democrats push to have some sort of budget deal done before january when this new round of sequestration cuts is set to kick in.

They have to get -- if you look at the timeline, you could see a scenario where because you don't have a hard deadline with december 15, everyone gets to go home, celebrate christmas and new year's with their family, come back in early january and be staring again at this mid- january deadline to fund the government.

Then it takes two to february 7. does it takes you to february 7 when we hit the debt limit.

It really looks like this is going to take as into march.

To robert's point, one reason why immigration could be something you could start to see momentum on is because the republican brand has been so tarnished.

This is something they may really need, so that could help the white house.

Julianna goldman, thank you for joining us this morning.

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