President Obama calls for end to government shutdown

4:14 PM, Oct 8, 2013   |    comments
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(NBC NEWS) -- Day eight of the partial government shutdown and the focus is shifting from Obamacare to a debt ceiling crisis nine days away.

"Are we going to sit down and have a conversation or aren't we?" asked House Speaker John Boehner.

Republicans demand significant spending cuts.

President Obama is holding out for a clean bill now and budget talks later.

"Having such a conversation, talks, negotiations should not require hanging the threats of a government shutdown or economic chaos over the heads of the American people," the President said.

The federal credit card maxes out on October seventeenth and the United States risks default on seventeen trillion dollars in debt.

Meanwhile, nearly half of 800,000 furloughed federal workers are on the job again but won't be paid until the shutdown ends.

For the family of Marine Lance Corporal Jeremiah Collins, killed this past week in Afghanistan, financial worry is suddenly being piled onto the tragedy.

The pentagon is delaying death benefits for families of the fallen until the shutdown is over.

"As I made arrangements for my son today, I didn't worry because they said it was taken care of. But will it really be?" asked Collins' mother Shannon.

The Collins family isn't alone and the Pentagon says it's looking for loopholes so families can get the death benefits now.

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