Obama: Shutdown is result of ideological crusade
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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.
Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday, forcing some 800,000 federal workers off the job as a protracted dispute over President Barack Obama's signature health care law reached the boiling point.
The partial government shutdown that began Tuesday left many federal workers uncertain of their financial future and tourists locked out.
Bloomberg Contributing Editor Richard Falkenrath discusses how the government shutdown impacts U.S. military readiness and international relations. He speaks with Deirdre Bolton on Bloomberg Television's "Money Moves."
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