President Barack Obama used an address in Maryland on Thursday to try to pressure Republican lawmakers into accepting a spending bill to end the government shutdown that is now in its third day.
"The longer this goes on, the worse it will be," Obama said at a company in Rockville, M. Luis Construction. "The impact of the shutdown goes way beyond those things that you're seeing on television."
Obama sought to tie the shutdown -- as well as the Oct. 17 deadline to raise the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling -- to the economy. He warned the brinkmanship on both issues could undercut the nation's fragile economic progress.
The president also cited a quote...