The only thing keeping the government closed is Boehner's refusal to call a vote on a budget unburdened by other measures, Obama said. "He doesn't want to anger the extremists in his party," he said. "That's what this whole thing is about. ... My simple message today is: Call a vote."
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Instead, Obama aimed his message Thursday at assigning blame for what he called a "reckless Republican shutdown," and demanded a House vote immediately.
"That way," he said, the "American people would be clear" who is for a shutdown and who opposes it.