Medical care and welfare payments won't be shut down

The White House is reiterating that medical care and welfare payments will not be affected by the looming government 'shutdown'.

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Obama: "If...Congress does not fulfill its responsibility to pass a budget today, much of the U.S. government will be forced to #shutdown."

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Obama: "If you’re on Social Security, you will keep receiving your checks. If you’re on Medicare, your doctor will still see you." #Shutdown

Read: Which services would a US 'shutdown' affect?

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US military protest shutdown

Hundreds of US military veterans gathered in Washington, DC, to demand that the country's war memorials are reopened. The memorials have been temporarily closed as a result of the federal government shutdown.