“One faction of one party in one house of
Speaking for several minutes without taking questions, the president outlined the functions that would continue in a shutdown – including Social Security, Medicare, national security and public safety – and those that would be curtailed, including national parks,
"The idea of putting the American people's hard-earned progress at risk is the height of irresponsibility and it doesn't have to happen. Let me repeat this. It does not have to happen. All of this is entirely preventable if the House chooses to do what the
The president also noted that, despite Republican efforts to kill his
The president also met at the White House with his Cabinet on Monday evening. "We're going to be discussing the impacts, potentially, of a shutdown and how all of these various agencies will be managing to make sure the core essential functions continue," he said.
But he also said they would discuss how to help the hundreds of thousands of federal employees who could be furloughed "try to manage what's going to be a very difficult potential situation."