Obama addresses military as gov't shuts down

Obama addresses military as gov't shuts down

Obama addresses military as gov't shuts down

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Associated Press

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 1 at 1:02 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling members of the military he'll work to get Congress to re-open the government as soon as possible.

Obama is addressing troops in a video message after Congress missed a midnight deadline to avert a partial government shutdown.

Obama says troops in uniform will remain on duty as usual. He says he's signed a law ensuring troops get paid on time. He says ongoing operations in Afghanistan and elsewhere will continue and the U.S. will ensure those in harm's way have what they need.

But Obama says Defense Department civilians may be furloughed. He says that compounds the damage from spending cuts that have already affected the military.

Hundreds of thousands of government workers will be off the job Tuesday, but some essential services will continue.

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