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Obama says GOP won't force government shutdown

3 years 2 months 1 week ago August 09, 2013 Aug 9, 2013 Friday, August 09 2013 August 09, 2013 3:14 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he doesn't think congressional Republicans will force a government shutdown in this fall's budget fight.

Obama said at a news conference Friday that the public would not understand a budget confrontation that leads to a cutoff of government services that could weaken the economy's recovery. He said he assumes Republicans won't choose that path and that common sense will prevail.

Obama and his Democratic allies favor higher spending for federal agencies next year than Republicans prefer. Many conservatives are also demanding that Congress refuse to finance Obama's health care overhaul law as part of legislation funding the government for next year.

Financing for federal agencies expires Sept. 30. Congress is expected to pass temporary funding legislation to give the two sides time to seek a deal.

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