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White House: Republicans Will 'Do the Right Thing'

Furloughed U.S. federal workers hold and prepare signs calling for an end to the government shutdown outside the U.S. Capitol House Chamber in Washington, Oct. 9, 2013.
Furloughed U.S. federal workers hold and prepare signs calling for an end to the government shutdown outside the U.S. Capitol House Chamber in Washington, Oct. 9, 2013.
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With the U.S. budget crisis in its ninth day, the White House says it believes Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives will "do the right thing" and pass legislation to lift the debt limit and reopen the parts of the government that are closed.

White House spokesman Jay Carney also said Wednesday President Barack Obama has directed the Defense Department and budget office to find an immediate legal fix for paying benefits to military families, which have been cut off during the government shutdown.

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Impasse Perists Between Obama, Boehner on Budgeti
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October 09, 2013 5:33 AM
Rival political parties in Washington are continuing their rhetoric about government funding, raising worldwide concerns that the impasse may lead the United States to default on its debt for the first time in history. For the past week, U.S. President Barack Obama has been urging Republicans to stop jeopardizing the U.S. and global economy. Speaker of the House John Boehner has remained adamant that Democrats must modify the government spending plan to include more Republican preferences.

House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner had criticized the administration for withholding the payments. He said Congress gave the Pentagon authority to continue payments in a law signed before the October 1 shutdown.

The partial government shutdown is a result of Congress's failure to pass a temporary spending bill.  Congress is also at an impasse over extending the government's borrowing authority after October 17, when the United States will not be able to pay all its bills.

Republicans are demanding talks on deficit reduction and overhauling the 2010 health care law before boosting the borrowing authority and returning the furloughed civil servants to work. Democrats want Congress to first end the shutdown and extend the debt limit.

Meanwhile, a new public opinion poll indicates only 5 percent of Americans approve of the way Congress is doing its job.  

The Associated Press/GfK poll also found 62 percent of the 1,200 surveyed blame Republicans for the partial U.S. government shutdown.

But President Obama does not fare well either, with only 37 percent approve of the job he is doing.

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by: JKF from: Great North
October 09, 2013 8:03 AM
The continued negative antics of a small minority of extremists is having a serious impact on the credibility of the US Congress, and even beyond it. It brings into question the entire republican constitutional system, in that a few misguided malcontents can hijack the US gvmt and hold it hostage. These misguided extremists are starting to have a very negative impact not just on the US, but even US allies, potentially they may end up causing another global recession. Pres. Obama won the election, he is the rightful President, and as such he needs to be allowed to govern and ensure that the US gvmt is not causing negative impacts in the US and beyond. It is unfortunate that the US founding fathers did not predict that a handful of misguided extremists in Congress could shut down and deny services to the US public, like food inspections; had they forseen such possibility, surely they would have put the required safeguards in the US constitution. Unbelivable situation, a few extremists are hurting even the families of recently fallen soldiers, totally cruel and evil people!


by: Gull from: d.c.
October 09, 2013 7:36 AM
most americans blame republicans in the poll mentioned because the pro-obama media lapdogs won't have it any other way.


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