Obama: GOP `Demanded Ransom’ for Doing Their Jobs

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Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama comments on the U.S. government shutdown in a statement from the White House Rose Garden.

First time in 17 years, republicans in congress chose to shut down the federal government . let me be more specific.

One faction of one party in one house of congress, in one branch of government shutdown major parts of the government all because they did not like one law.

This republican shutdown did not have to happen, but i want every american to understand why it did happen.

Republicans in the house of representatives refused to fund the government unless we defunded or dismantled the affordable care act.

They have shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of americans.

In other words, they demanded ransom just for doing their job.

Many representatives, including an increasing number of republicans, have made it clear, have they been allowed by speaker boehner to take a simple up or down vote on keeping the government open with no partisan strings attached, enough votes from both parties would have kept the american people's government open and operating.

We may not know the full impact of this republican shutdown for some time.

It will depend on how long it lasts, but we know a couple of things.

We know the last time republican shutdown the government in 1996, it hurt our economy.

Unlike 1996, our economy is still recovering from the worst recession in generations.

We know certain services and benefits that america's seniors and veterans and business owners depend on must be put on hold.

Certain offices, along with every national park and monument, must be closed.

While last night i signed legislation to make sure our 1.4 million active-duty military are paid through the shutdown, hundreds of thousands of civilian workers, many still on the job, many forced to stay home, are not being paid.

Even if they have families to support and local businesses to rely on.

And we know that the longer this shutdown continues the worst the effects will be.

More families will be hurt.

More businesses will be harmed.

Once again, i urge house

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