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Government pointing fingers at each other over government shutdown

Updated: Tuesday, October 1 2013, 06:49 PM CDT
Reported by CBS:

Happening now, more than 400 national parks are closed and the EPA and NASA have also shut down.
 
That's just a small sample of the impact of a partial government shutdown.

The reality of a government shutdown began sinking in as hundreds of thousands of federal workers were sent home Tuesday.

"We need our jobs," urged federal worker Norma Green.

On Capitol Hill the finger pointing continued.

"Democratic leaders in Congress finally have their prize,” stated Republican Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY). “A government shutdown that no one seems to want but them."

“They're obsessed with the health care law, and they are obsessed with hurting this president," offered Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA).

For a fourth time, the Senate removed language weakening the president's health care law from a temporary spending bill and sent it back to the House.

House Republicans wanted Senators to come to the negotiating table and to work out their differences. The Senate refused.

"None of us want to be in a shutdown,” urged Virginia Republican Representative Eric Cantor.  “The way to resolve our differences is shut down and talk, and as you can see there's no one on the other side of the table."

President Obama accused House Republicans of holding the economy hostage.

“Re-open the government, restart the services Americans depend on,” commented President Barack Obama.

In a letter to federal workers, the president said they had become punching bags in a partisan fight.

Government pointing fingers at each other over government shutdown


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