Backgrounder: U.S. government shutdown
|U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the federal government shutdown in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, Oct. 1, 2013. U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday blamed Republicans in Congress for the federal government shutdown, and defended his signature health care law. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Wednesday that U.S. President Barack Obama has postponed his upcoming visit to Malaysia this month following the partial shutdown of government.
Najib was quoted as saying by local media that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Malaysia as the representative of Obama.
Obama was scheduled to visit Malaysia and attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kuala Lumpur during his trip to Southeast Asia this month, which also includes the APEC Summit in Bali, Indonesia and the ASEAN Summit in Brunei.
Obama blames Republicans for government shutdown, defends Obamacare
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday blamed Republicans in Congress for the federal government shutdown, and defended his signature health care law.
Republicans in Congress "chose" the government shutdown that " did not have to happen," Obama said in a televised speech delivered in the White House Rose Garden on the first day of the first government shutdown in 17 years. Full story
U.S. gov't shutdown, debt default threaten to weigh on economy: expert
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- The ongoing partial federal government shutdown and fiscal uncertainties are dampening American economic recovery, and a default on U.S. debt payments would have "immediate and substantial" negative effects on the country's economy that would be difficult to quickly reverse, said David Stockton, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE).
"A brief shutdown is disruptive, but not likely a systemic macro event," Stockton said Tuesday at an event on the first day of the partial shutdown of the U.S. federal government agencies. Full story
U.S. Senate rejects motion to meet with House over government shutdown
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to reject a motion to meet with the House on the issue of funding the government, despite the government shutdown starting at the midnight.
The Democrat-controlled Senate voted 54-46 to refuse an overture from the Republian-dominant House of Representatives to hold formal negotiation on avoiding a government shutdown, the third time in 24 hours. Full story