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Partial Government Shutdown Enters Its Second Week

Story By: Larry Stine



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  Original Published: 10/8/2013 Tuesday is day eight of a partial government shutdown, caused by the inability of Congress to pass a spending bill that funds government programs. Andrew Spencer reports politicians are still trying to level blame as they struggle to come to any concensus on government spending, the budget, and the debt ceiling. Just under 1,000 employees with the Florida National Guard returned to work this week, after a nearly week-long furlough, but they can't train or by supplies, and there's only enough money through the end of October. "Even though we are able to pay our employees, most of our employees, we still have significant, significant problems," says Major General Emmett Titshaw, Commander of the Florida National Guard. A new round of the Congressional blame game started this week, as a pro-Obama group targets House Speaker John Boehner in ads that try to hold Republicans responsible for the partial government shutdown. But Organizing for Action isn't the only group blaming the other side of the aisle. "They shut down the government, now, they say we're going to threaten the credit worthiness of the United States and possibly the world economy, to do something that we're supposed to do," says Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland. "The president should be doing what Bill Clinton did in 1995 and calling these people over to the White House, sitting down, having a conversation," says Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona. With the partial shutdown now more than a week old, the attention is focusing more and more on the nation's debt ceiling, the federal government's limit on borrowing, which it is expected to hit, next week. President Barack Obama reiterated Monday he won't negotiate with Congress while the country is under threat of a possible debt default. But the White House did show some glimmer of flexibility as an official saying it's up to Congress to decide how long the debt ceiling increase should last.
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