‘Only One Way Out of Shutdown,’ Obama Says on Day 3

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(CNN) — President Barack Obama went on a rhetorical offensive against House Republicans on the third day of the federal government shutdown, telling a crowd in Maryland Thursday that there’s only one party at fault and one remedy.

“There are enough Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives today that if the speaker of the House, John Boehner, simply let the bill get on the floor for an up or down vote, every congressman could vote their conscience, the shutdown would end today,” Obama said in a speech in Rockville, Maryland.

“The only thing that is keeping the government shut down, the only thing preventing people from going back to work, and basic research starting back up, and farmers and small business owners, getting their loans — the only thing that’s preventing all that from happening right now today, in the next five minutes, is that Speaker John Boehner won’t even let the bill get a yes or no vote because he doesn’t want to anger the extremists in his party.”

He urged Congress to “pass a budget that funds our government with no partisan strings attached.”

He also called on Republicans to support raising the debt ceiling so that the United States does not default on its debts.

“As reckless as a government shutdown is, an economic shutdown that results from default would be dramatically worse,” he said.

Social Security checks and disability benefits would be affected.

“There will be no negotiations over this. The American people are not pawns in some political game. You don’t get to demand ransom in exchange for keeping the government running” or keeping the economy running, he said.

“You don’t get to demand ransom for doing your most basic job.”

Obama was speaking to workers at at M. Luis Construction, in part to highlight impacts of the shutdown on small businesses. Many are suffering in the shutdown because some customers and clients — idle federal workers or agencies — aren’t doing business with them.

The president said the shutdown is threatening the economic progress that the nation has made since the last recession.

“The worst part is this time, it’s not because of a once-in-a-lifetime recession … it’s happening because of a reckless Republican shutdown in Washington,” he said.

By CNN Staff

5 comments

  • Steve Louden

    The republicans are finally standing up for what is right and the president can’t take it! That’s why he is out on the road instead of back in the WH doing his job!

  • BasicCitzen

    The Republicans ARE doing their most basic job, Mr. President: they are fighting to get our Federal economy back under control.

    Raising the debt ceiling isn’t the answer. A balanced budget IS the answer. And since you can only get so much money from your citizens, you have to cut costs–that means take things out of the budget.

    Everyone who has to live on a basic salary/income knows this. They know you cannot keep getting more and more credit, and using it all up.
    It’s time to start cutting the budget–whether it’s Obamacare, or other other pet projects doesn’t really matter, but it’s time our country finally faced (and fixed) this financial disaster.

    And that, Mr. President, is what the Republicans are doing. I’m sorry you don’t like that they are doing their jobs.

  • Gerald

    There you go again Obama, blaming others for the Government shutdown. The American people are wising up to your schemes. It is YOU who wants obamacare implemented because you have been advised it is a major step to more control of the American people.

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