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article imageObama issues video statement to US military amid shutdown

By Michael Krebs     Oct 1, 2013 in Politics
Amid the first federal government shutdown in 17 years, President Obama released a video to reassure the nation's military that it will have the resources needed to function.

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In an address to the United States military, President Obama issued a video statement early on Tuesday morning to reassure the men and women in service that the partial shutdown the federal government is experiencing will not affect the ability of the military to function, NBC News reported.
Congressional lawmakers in the GOP-led House could not come to terms with legislators in the Democrat-controlled Senate by the midnight deadline on September 30.
"Unfortunately, congress has not fulfilled its responsibility," Obama said. "It's failed to pass a budget, and as a result much of our government must now shut down until congress funds it again."
It is estimated that 800,000 government workers will be furloughed as a result of the shutdown.
The president explained that all military personnel in uniform will remain on active duty and that all military operations will continue as normal.
Other personnel that service the military peripherally will experience less certainty.
"I know the days ahead could mean more uncertainty, including possible furloughs, and I know this comes on top of the furloughs that many of you already endured this summer," Obama said. "You and your families deserve better than the dysfunction we're seeing in Congress."
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