President Obama broadened his focus in the budget battle Thursday, saying a government default on its debts would hurt the economy worse than the ongoing government shutdown.
"As reckless as a government shutdown is ... an economic shutdown that results from default would be dramatically worse," Obama said during an appearance at a construction company in Rockville, Md.
Obama also called on House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to put a "clean" spending bill on the floor with no health care restrictions, predicting it would pass and "the shutdown would end today."
Boehner "won't even let the bill get a yes or no vote because he doesn't want to anger the extremists in his party," Obama said.
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