Government Shutdown

Obama Blames Shutdown on 'Faction' of GOP

Both sides blame the other for not negotiating

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President Obama blamed an imminent government shutdown on House Republicans Monday, and said his health care plan is "moving forward" despite GOP efforts to de-fund it.

"You can't shut it down," Obama said of told reporters at the White House.

Obama also said a partial government shutdown—which would start at midnight unless there is an 11th hour deal—will damage economic recovery and hurt "real people right away."

Obama said the shutdown will close federal offices, delay checks, close parks, and damage loan programs.