Obama focuses on military as government shuts down
WASHINGTON (AP) — As much of the federal government grinds to a halt, President Barack Obama is telling the U.S. military he’ll push Congress to re-open the government as soon as possible.
In his sole response early Tuesday to Congress’ failure to avert the first shutdown in nearly two decades, Obama addressed his comments in a video to American troops, rather than the lawmakers he’s been scolding for weeks.
There was no reference in the three-minute video message to Republicans, whose insistence that Obama’s health care law be scaled back has been at the center of a grueling back-and-forth between the GOP-controlled House and the Democratic-led Senate.
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