Obama slams Republicans for 'ideological crusade' on shutdown
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday slammed Republicans for shutting down the government as part of an "ideological crusade" designed to kill his signature health care law.
"I urge House Republicans to reopen the government," Obama said at the White House, as he highlighted a major portion of the health reform program which came into force on Tuesday.
The first government shutdown in 17 years took place because House of Representatives Republicans repeatedly made funding for government operations for the new fiscal year contingent on defunding, delaying or dismantling Obamacare.
Each attempt was turned back by the Democratic-led Senate, which must also agree budget legislation.