Blame game heats up as start of shutdown looms

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If Senate Republicans fail and Obamacare funding returns to a budget bill, Mr. Cruz said the House should consider measures to fund the government piece by piece — starting with the military.

“Let’s see if Harry Reid is willing to shut down the military just because he wants to force Obamacare on the American people,” Mr. Cruz said.

Mr. Obama, in a speech Saturday night at the annual Congressional Black Caucus dinner, excoriated congressional Republicans for risking a government shutdown.

“It is time for these folks to stop governing by crisis,” Mr. Obama said at the Washington Convention Center. “Some want to shut down the government rather than provide people with health care!”

Referring to Republicans’ strategy to defund Obamacare, the president said he wanted to speak “as clearly as I can.”

“It’s not going to happen,” he said.

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