President Obama today refused to back down to Republican demands that he accept a government funding bill that includes a one-year delay of Obamacare, indicating the government is headed for a shutdown at Midnight.
Obama, who spoke during a hastily called appearance in the White House briefing room, said Republican actions were “the height of irresponsibility” and amounted to “ransom.”
The president expressed some hope that a shutdown could be avoided, but he sought to put the onus on Congress, indicating he would do nothing himself to prevent it.
“My hope and expectation is that in the eleventh hour, once again, Congress will choose to do the right thing,” he said.
Following his remarks, Obama headed into a previously unscheduled meeting of his Cabinet.