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Obama: Shutdown is result of ideological crusade

3 years 3 weeks 1 hour ago October 01, 2013 Oct 1, 2013 Tuesday, October 01 2013 October 01, 2013 11:28 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - 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.

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