Obama: ‘I Will Not Negotiate’

The U.S. government shut down Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. when Congress failed to pass a spending bill—and if there’s one thing both sides agree on, it’s this: it’s the other’s fault. “I will not negotiate,” President Obama said in an interview with NPR’s Morning Edition that will air Tuesday. “This perpetual cycle of brinksmanship has to end.” With the looming threat of the first shutdown in 17 years, the House passed its third proposal in two weeks to try to keep the government funded—but still insisted on delaying parts of the Affordable Care Act, meaning that the funding bill was defeated by the Senate. And Americans aren’t too happy with the finger-pointing: a CNN poll released Monday found that just 10 percent of Americans are satisfied with the job Congress is doing.