House Republicans and Senate Democrats continue to volley legislation back and forth as they battle over a budget to keep the government running and delaying or defunding 'Obamacare.'
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says House Republicans have shut down the federal government over an "ideological crusade" against his health care law.
Obama is speaking in the Rose Garden on the first day of the government shutdown. He says the longer the shutdown continues, the worse the impact will be.
The president says Republicans should not be able to hold the entire economy "hostage." He is urging them to reopen the government quickly and allow furloughed federal employees to go back to work.
The government shut down because Congress did not pass a funding bill ahead of Monday's midnight deadline for the end of the 2013 fiscal year.
U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe commented on the shutdown Tuesday, calling on the president and Senate to end it.
“A government shutdown has real implications for Oklahomans, seniors, small business owners, veterans, and civilian employees that support our military installations. At this time, the U.S. House of Representatives has sent the Senate several common-sense solutions to fund the government while addressing the concerns Americans have for the President’s healthcare law. The President could have accepted the proposal to delay the law’s individual mandate, a delay he already gave to big businesses. He could have accepted the one-year delay on ObamaCare or the elimination of the special carve-out for Congress. Let me remind you that since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, the President has signed 14 laws that have amended or repealed portions of ObamaCare; delayed at least 5 provisions of the law, independent of Congress; and missed half of the deadlines for implementation. Yet today, the President won’t come to the table to address Americans’ concerns about implementation and funding of this disastrous piece of legislation. He and the Democrats have instead chosen to shut down the government rather than negotiate. I encourage the President and my Senate colleagues to come to the table and end this shutdown.”
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