Government Shutdown 2013: Obama places calls urging Congress to pass budget on time
According to a press release from the White House Office of the Press Secretary, President Obama placed calls to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker Boehner and Democratic Leader Pelosi.
The purpose of these calls was to make clear that Congress has two tasks to fulfill: pay the bills and pass a budget on time. If these jobs are not completed, it will undoubtedly be harmful to the economy, in addition to small businesses and middle class families across the nation.
The President also urged the Republican-led House to keep the government open and to avoid a shutdown, reinforcing that "he will continue to oppose any politically-motivated attempts to defund or delay the Affordable Care Act."
With the shutdown clock winding down on Monday night, so too is the hope that Congress can agree on a compromise to keep the government open for business. And President Obama is not mincing his words when it comes to placing blame:
"One faction of one party in one house of Congress in one branch of government doesn't get to shut down the entire government just to refight the results of an election."
In yet another late-night vote on the House floor, a bill was once again passed that averts a government shutdown, but delays the individual mandate of Obamacare by one year.
Nothing more than political theater as the deal is dead on arrival once it hits the hands of the Democrat-controlled Senate. And it’s nothing more than a repeat of the political Ping-Pong Americans have witnessed over the past few days.
Democrats are calling the House measure extortion, but Republicans blame a bullying President and his party.
"Republicans are obsessed with stopping the Affordable Care Act, but let's be clear: a government shutdown does not stop the Affordable Care Act," said Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.
"A lot of people have been commenting on the fact that President Obama is willing to negotiate with the Iranians, but not willing to negotiate with Congress," counters Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
So just how dire are the coming days?
Not everything will be shut down. Troops will continue to be paid, social security checks will continue to go out, and Medicare as well as Medicaid benefits will continue. The post office will also remain open.
However, the economy could take a hit of up to $2 billion.