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U.S. shutdown drags on, House votes to pay furloughed workers

Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 - 01:38

Oct. 5 - House Democrats, Republicans pass a bill to retroactively pay furloughed federal workers once the government reopens, but there's no end in sight for the government shutdown. Mana Rabiee reports.

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House lawmakers from both sides of the aisle agreed on Saturday to retroactively pay 800,000 furloughed federal workers -- once the government reopens. "The nays are zero, the bill is passed without objection. The motion to reconsider is laid upon the table." But there was no end in sight to the shutdown itself, now in its fifth day. House Republicans refuse to pass a funding bill -- or raise the debt ceiling - unless a deal also derails President Obama's signature healthcare law, often referred to as Obamacare. Republicans blame the White House, saying President Obama refuses to compromise. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. SOUNDBITE: HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER ERIC CANTOR SAYING: "It doesn't make any sense if the President has an ax to grind with the opposing party, why he would want to put the American people in the middle of that and force the pain on them." Obama and fellow Democrats vow that they'll make no such concessions. In his weekly address, the president says Congress can't hold the government "hostage" over a settled law. SOUNDBITE: U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "That's why I won't pay a ransom in exchange for reopening the government. And I certainly won't pay a ransom in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. For as reckless as a government shutdown is, an economic shutdown that comes with default would be dramatically worse." Obama said on Saturday he believes Congress will raise the debt ceiling by the October 17 deadline. Without the increase, the nation will go into default, an economic precedent neither party wants to imagine.

U.S. shutdown drags on, House votes to pay furloughed workers

Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 - 01:38

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