Austin (KXAN) - Democratic Representative Lloyd Doggett returned to Austin this weekend after the Government Shutdown and tells Weekend Anchor Erin Cargile it was a determined and well planned out strategy.
He feels that only by voting together was an outcome able to be reached. He likens it to the last big hurdle the government had to overcome.
"The only thing that got us out of it," said Doggett, "is the same thing that saved us last New Years Day at the great Fiscal Cliff.
Doggett also feels that Ted Cruz has been unfairly singled out for his role in making the shutdown last longer than most would have liked.
"He was empowered by every Texas Republican member of Congress who voted against reopening the government.
Doggett admits that there have been varying opinions to the outcome but most people are relieved that it is over with.
Sub-freezing temperatures are forecast to continue in many areas through Sunday morning. Combined with an overrunning moisture pattern and upper level disturbance, some light freezing drizzle or sleet may form Saturday into Sunday morning.
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Back in June, Governor Rick Perry signed a new law officially letting teachers and students use greetings such as "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hannukah" in school, all without getting in any trouble.
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The Austin Humane Society reopened to the public Friday after closing its doors for six weeks.
Sub-freezing temperatures and an approaching upper level disturbance could combine to produce some patchy freezing drizzle or sleet Saturday and early Sunday morning.