Begich: Government Shutdown 'Totally Unnecessary'

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says it's time to move on from the calls to repeal the federal health care law, fix problems within it and get on with the business of governing in Washington.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU- U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says it's time to move on from the calls to repeal the federal health care law, fix problems within it and get on with the business of governing in Washington.
The federal government was partially shut down Tuesday, after the House and Senate failed to agree on a plan to continue funding government.
The Senate rejected House-passed proposals that included delays in implementing all or portions of the health care law.
Begich called the shutdown "totally unnecessary," and said he hoped calmer heads would prevail.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young also expressed concern with the shutdown.
Young, who voted with the majority in the House, said hoped the Senate would negotiate "in good faith" instead of tabling the House's ideas on party lines.