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Boehner on shutdown: 'This isn't some damn game'

Friday, October 04, 2013 - 02:01

Oct. 4 - Republicans, Democrats blame each other for the government shutdown as frustrated furloughed workers chanted ''do your job do your job' outside of Congress. Deborah Gembara reports.

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In Washington, the anger is close to the surface. Do your job! Do your job! Furloughed federal workers had this message for congress as the government shutdown moved into its fourth day. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FURLOUGHED FEDERAL WORKER NATASHA ROZIER SAYING: "They should give up their paychecks. You know, they should reserve the right to get a paycheck, to know what it feels like to not have the money to provide for your family, to be able to put food on the table, to be able to put gas in your car." Who's to blame for all this anger? It depends on who you ask. Speaker of the House John Boehner. SOUNDBITE: REPUBLICAN SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, JOHN BOEHNER, SAYING: "I was at the White House the other night and listened to the President some twenty times explain to me why he wasn't going to negotiate...This isn't some damn game. The American people don't want their government shut down and neither do I." President Obama fired back during a lunch time visit to a local sandwich shop that is offering a 10 percent discount to furloughed workers. SOUNDBITE:U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "When it comes to negotiations, I said I am happy to have negotiations with the Republicans and speaker Boehner on a whole range of issues, but we can't do it with the gun held to the head of the American people." The tough talk is cold comfort for many of the nearly 800,000 federal workers and their families who have been deemed non-essential. SOUNDBITE: NICOLA NETTO-WHITE, FEDERAL WORKER: "I am really angry and disgusted right now that our family is being held hostage by their political whims." With compromise seemingly unlikely, many fear the shutdown could have global repercussions if the U.S. is forced to default on its loans later this month.

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Boehner on shutdown: 'This isn't some damn game'

Friday, October 04, 2013 - 02:01