Obama addresses military as gov’t shuts down

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WATCH: Obama’s shutdown message to military

WASHINGTON – As much of the federal government grinds to a halt, President Barack Obama is telling the U.S. military he’ll push Congress to re-open the government as soon as possible.

In his sole response early Tuesday to Congress’ failure to avert the first shutdown in nearly two decades, Obama addressed his comments in a video to American troops, rather than the lawmakers he’s been scolding for weeks.

There was no reference in the three-minute video message to Republicans, whose insistence that Obama’s health care law be scaled back has been at the centre of a grueling back-and-forth between the Republican-controlled House and the Democratic-led Senate.

READ MORE: Congress plunges U.S. into government shutdown

“Unfortunately, Congress has not fulfilled its responsibility,” Obama said. “It has failed to pass a budget and, as a result, much of our government must now shut down until Congress…

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