Oct 02, 2013
By Scott Walker
A sizable portion of the US government begins a second day without work, and without income, as a budget deadlock continues to paralyze the US congress.
Republicans and Democrats continue to blame each other for the partial shutdown that has sent about a third of the workforce home without pay.
The two sides still can’t agree on an emergency spending bill that some Tea Party Republicans want to tie to either delaying or derailing President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan.
Obama is clearly fed up with the way politicians are acting. He says Congress has to “stop governing by crisis.” He says it’s a drag on the economy. And he points out another crisis is looming. Within a couple of weeks, the government will have to raise its debt ceiling or it won’t be able to pay its bills. But Republicans are refusing to consider it unless they can put an end to Obamacare. Obama warns that, the last time Republicans refused to raise the debt ceiling, the US economy suffered and its credit rating was downgraded for the first time.