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Obama: Shutdown will 'throw wrench' into economy

With hours to go until a possible government shutdown, visitors tour the Rotunda of the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Capitol officials said today that if a shutdown goes into effect, all organized tours of the Capitol and the Capitol Visitors Center will be suspended. The Senate has the next move on must-do legislation required to keep the government open, and the Democratic-led chamber is expected to reject the latest effort from House Republicans to use a normally routine measure to attack President Barack Obama's signature health care law. (J. Scott Applewhite)
With hours to go until a possible government shutdown, visitors tour the Rotunda of the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Capitol officials said today that if a shutdown goes into effect, all organized tours of the Capitol and the Capitol Visitors Center will be suspended. The Senate has the next move on must-do legislation required to keep the government open, and the Democratic-led chamber is expected to reject the latest effort from House Republicans to use a normally routine measure to attack President Barack Obama's signature health care law. (J. Scott Applewhite)
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Updated: 9/30/2013 6:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is ramping up pressure on Republicans to avoid a post-midnight government shutdown. He says a shutdown would hurt the economy and hundreds of thousands of government workers.

He says it would "throw a wrench into the gears" of a recovering economy.

He urges the House to pass a short-term spending bill free of any conditions that would weaken the nation's 3-year-old health care law.

Obama spoke Monday after the Senate rejected a House proposal to delay implementation of the health care law. House Republicans were preparing to vote on another stop-gap spending measure, this one putting off a requirement that people must obtain health insurance.

The White House issued a veto threat to that proposal shortly after GOP leaders proposed it.

President Barack Obama says he's "not at all" resigned to a government shutdown. He says he expects to speak to congressional leaders during the day and in ensuing days to address budget and debt impasses.

The president addressed the looming shutdown after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo). He also planned to speak from the White House briefing room Monday afternoon.

Obama's remarks follow the Democratic-led Senate's rejection Monday of a short-term spending proposal passed by the House. It contained a one-year delay on the nation's health care law.

The two chambers are trying to reach an agreement to avert a shutdown looming at midnight Monday.

The spending fight is a prelude to a bigger confrontation over the nation's credit limit, expected to hit in mid-October.
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Fred Thompson - 10/1/2013 6:27 AM
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Please goveners all around the nation' draw up articals of impeachment and throw this POS fashest out the the White House! And find all those lawyer burocrats who wrote the ACA and ship them off to "SOCIALIST" europian countries. As well as that BAT SH#@T crazy Nancy Pilocy bi%^ch!

c9bcrewman - 9/30/2013 9:24 PM
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he is a I didn't vote for him, but I bet who voted for him that are losing there job's are sorry they did. he did nothing for this country but sure is good at destroying it. it's sad.

nativejax - 9/30/2013 8:30 PM
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Well good, it will go well with the knife he's sticking in our backs. Its his way or no way and WE NEED HIM OUT.

Gunny48 - 9/30/2013 5:37 PM
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Every time he wants his way he brings out "hurt the economy" but part of this smoke & mirrors is raising the debt limit which does just that in the long run!
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