Government shutdown: 800,000 workers go without pay, and it doesn’t stop there

Will the shutdown affect companies exporting opportunities?

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — Republicans forced an unnecessary budget crisis in their single-minded effort to dismantle health care reforms, President Barack Obama said Tuesday as frustration spread across Washington and the country on the first day of a government shutdown.

In some of his strongest criticism to date, Obama said the shutdown is intended to hinder government efforts to provide health insurance to 15% of the U.S. population that doesn’t have coverage, adding it was “strange that one party would make keeping people uninsured the centerpiece of their agenda.”

The stalemate that caused the shutdown continued Tuesday with a Senate majority voting for a fourth time to reject a spending plan by the Republican-led House that sought to undermine Obamacare.

This time, the House proposal included a call for a committee to seek a compromise on the two chambers’ legislative plans. But the Democratic-led Senate turned it down…

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