Click C-Span.org: to watch President Obama’s remarks.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Pres. Obama delivers a statement on the potential for a government shut down at midnight. Congress is still debating a bill to temporarily fund the government starting tomorrow. The White House has announced that President Obama would veto the bill currently up for discussion on the House floor.
He outlined the government functions that would still occur during a shut down, including those related to national security. The Postal service would continue to deliver mail and Social Security checks would be issued.
He emphasized that many government functions would cease. All national parks and monuments would close, including the Smithsonians, and bank loans that rely on federal background and credit checks would stop, among other things.
He also highlighted the health care exchanges that will open Tuesday morning, which are a part of the President’s signature health care law. Defunding or delaying the Affordable Care Act is a key sticking point for the House Republicans during these government funding debates.