Obama: House GOP Concerned With Appeasing Tea Party

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Sept. 27 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to reporters about the possibility of a government shutdown. (Source: Bloomberg)

Congress has two pressing responsibilities.

Pass a budget on time and pay our bills on time.

If congress chooses not to pass a budget by monday, the end of the fiscal year, they will shut down the government along with many vital services that the american people depend on.

The good news is within the past couple of hours, the united states senate acted responsibly by voting to keep our government open and delivering the services the american people expect.

Now it is up to the republicans in the house to do the same.

Obviously, democrats have a great interest in making sure these vital services continue to help the american people.

So far, the republicans in the house have refused to move forward.

Unlike the last time they threatened this course of action, this debate is not really about deficits.

Our deficits are falling at the fastest pace that they have in 60 years.

By the end of this year, we will have cut our deficit by more than half since i took office.

That is not what this is about.

If you have been following the discussion, the republicans do not even make a pretense that this is what it is about.

The house republicans are so concerned with appeasing the tea party they're threatened a government shutdown unless i got or repeal the affordable care act.

I said this yesterday, and let me repeat it, that is not going to happen.

Or than 100 million americans currently have new benefits and protections under the law.

On tuesday, about 40 million more americans will be able to finally buy quality affordable health care just like anybody else.

Those markets laces will be open for business on tuesday, no matter what, even if there is a government shutdown.

That is a done deal.

If republicans have specific ideas on how to genuinely improve the law, rather than gut it or delay it, rather than repeal it, i am happy to work with them on that through the normal democratic processes, but that will not happen under the threat of a shutdown.

Over the next three days, house republicans will have to decide whether to join the senate and keep the government open or shut it down because they cannot get their way.

On an issue that has nothing to do with the deficit.

I realize a lot of what is taking place is political grandstanding, but this grandstanding has real effects on real people.

If the government shuts down on tuesday, military personnel will not get paid.

Federal loans, small business owners, families buying a home will be frozen.

I am artie starting to get letters.

-- already starting to get letters.

Critical research will be halted.

Federal government has a large role across the country and touches the lives of millions of people and those people will be harmed.

Even the threat of a shutdown already is having a dampening effect on our economy.

We saw about the last time these kinds of shenanigans are happening on capitol hill.

Any republican in congress who is currently watching, i encourage you to think about who you are hurting.

There are young people in your office right now who came to work for you without much pay because they believed public service was noble.

You are preparing to send them home without a paycheck.

You have families with kids back in your districts and serve their country in the federal government and now they might have to plan how they will get by if you shut the government down.

Past shutdowns have disrupted the economy and the shutdown would as well.

You would throw a wrench in the gears of our economy at a time when those gears have gained some traction.

Data is why many republican senators and many republican governors -- that is why many republican senators and many republican governors have heard from fellow republicans to knock it off.

This brings me to congress the second responsibility.

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