Obama urges Congress to reopen government

US President Barack Obama speaks about the government shutdown during a visit to the Federal...
US President Barack Obama speaks about the government shutdown during a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
US President Barack Obama, in a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to spotlight the loss of government services because of the shutdown, has urged Congress to reopen government and raise the debt limit immediately.

"My very strong suspicion is there are enough votes there" to pass legislation, he said.

"Hold a vote. Call a vote right now. Let's see what happens."

FEMA had recalled employees who were idled in the shutdown to deal with Tropical Storm Karen but the storm has weakened and Obama said the agency would now send about 100 of them home.

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