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Obama addresses military, DOD civilians
Just minutes after the government shutdown Monday night, President Obama spoke to members of the military and defense employees.
Here's what he had to say:
"Those of you in uniform will remain on your normal duty status. The threats to our national security have not changed, and we need you to be ready for any contingency. Ongoing military operations-like our efforts in Afghanistan-will continue. If you're serving in harm's way, we're going to make sure you have what you need to succeed in your missions. Congress has passed, and I am signing into law, legislation to make sure you get your paychecks on time. And we'll continue working to address any impact this shutdown has on you and your families.
To all our DOD civilians-I know the days ahead could mean more uncertainty, including possible furloughs. And I know this comes on top of the furloughs that many of you already endured this summer. You and your families deserve better than the dysfunction we're seeing in congress. Your talents and dedication help keep our military the best in the world. That's why I'll keep working to get congress to reopen our government and get you back to work as soon as possible."