EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSObama, Boehner Trade Barbs As Shutdown At Standstill
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Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: ABC News Report
Reported: Oct. 3, 2013 11:18 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 3, 2013 5:03 PM EDT
Efforts to end the partial government shutdown are at a standstill.
President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are trading barbs -- with Obama saying the only thing keeping the government shut down is Boehner's refusal to let a funding measure get an up-or-down vote. He says Boehner "doesn't want to anger the extremists in his party."
Boehner responded by blasting what he said is Obama's "my-way-or-the-highway approach." He said if the president would negotiate to fix flaws in his health care law, the shutdown would end.
With the shutdown in its third day, there are deepening concerns that it will escalate into a stalemate over the nation's borrowing authority. The Treasury says a deadlock on raising the debt limit could touch off a new recession even worse than the one from which Americans are still recovering.
The House on Thursday was taking up measures to restore funding to selected parts of the government when lawmakers were forced into a lockdown by a chase that ended near the Capitol, where shots were fired. Lawmakers resumed their work about an hour later.
President Barack Obama said House Speaker John Boehner is the only thing standing in the way of reopening the federal government.
Obama is speaking at a small business just outside of Washington on the third day of the shutdown. He says Boehner is preventing a vote on a funding bill because he doesn't want to anger "extremists" in his party.
The president is calling on Boehner to quickly hold a vote on a bill free of extra demands. The president met with Boehner and other congressional leaders at the White House for more than an hour Wednesday, but no agreement was reached.
Obama said the longer the shutdown goes on, the worse the impact on the U.S. economy will be.
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