The Federal Government shutdown is the result of an argument between Republicans and Democrats in Washington. A small group of Republican House members insists on linking a continuing resolution to fund the government to their desire to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” The president and Democratic leaders will not bargain with the health care law, and are pressing Republicans to pass what they call a “clean” budget resolution so government operations can continue.
This struggle is also connected to a showdown over the federal debt ceiling, which needs to be raised to keep the government from defaulting on its financial obligations.
Congressman Keith Ellison represents Minnesota’s 5th District. He talked about the dispute with KFAI's Yvette Howie.