Mr Obama says he's willing to not only negotiate fiscal issues with Republicans, but changes to health care law. But he says first he wants them to pass a bill to stop a partial government shutdown.
He noted in a news conference at the White House on Tuesday that the shutdown already made him cancel a trip to Asia this week.
He argued the shutdown is hurting US credibility around the world and - quote - "makes it look like we don't have our act together."
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