President Barack Obama addressed the nation about the government shutdown to come Tuesday, October 1, 2013. He said it will greatly affect the US economy and fast, but could be prevented if Congress "makes the right decision" regarding the continuing resolution to fund the government.
(CNN) -- President Barack Obama went on a rhetorical
offensive against House Republicans on the third day of the federal
government shutdown, telling a crowd in Maryland Thursday that there's
only one party at fault and one remedy.
"There are enough
Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives today that if
the speaker of the House, John Boehner, simply let the bill get on the
floor for an up or down vote, every congressman could vote their
conscience, the shutdown would end today," Obama said in a speech in
"The only thing that is
keeping the government shut down, the only thing preventing people from
going back to work, and basic research starting back up, and farmers and
small business owners, getting their loans -- the only thing that's
preventing all that from happening right now today, in the next five
minutes, is that Speaker John Boehner won't even let the bill get a yes
or no vote because he doesn't want to anger the extremists in his
He urged Congress to "pass a budget that funds our government with no partisan strings attached."
He also called on Republicans to support raising the debt ceiling so that the United States does not default on its debts.
"As reckless as a government shutdown is, an economic shutdown that results from default would be dramatically worse," he said.
Social Security checks and disability benefits would be affected.
"There will be no
negotiations over this. The American people are not pawns in some
political game. You don't get to demand ransom in exchange for keeping
the government running" or keeping the economy running, he said.
The shutdown: Personal stories from Americans on the edge
"You don't get to demand ransom for doing your most basic job."
Obama was speaking to
workers at at M. Luis Construction, in part to highlight impacts of the
shutdown on small businesses. Many are suffering in the shutdown because
some customers and clients -- idle federal workers or agencies --
aren't doing business with them.
The president said the shutdown is threatening the economic progress that the nation has made since the last recession.
"The worst part is this
time, it's not because of a once-in-a-lifetime recession ... it's
happening because of a reckless Republican shutdown in Washington," he
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