President Obama Addresses Looming Gov’t Shutdown

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(CNN)– A government shutdown is not inevitable, President Barack Obama said Monday: “It does not have to happen.”

The president spoke from the White House Monday afternoon.

One faction of one party, in one house of Congress, in one branch of government, does not get to shut down the government to fight the results of an election, President Barack Obama said Monday. “You don’t get to extract a ransom for doing your job,” he said.

The U.S. House and Senate have not reached an agreement on a continuing resolution to fund the government.

If they do not do so by midnight Monday, the government will shut down at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

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