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US shutdown could have strong impact on Guam

US shutdown could have strong impact on Guam

Updated 3 October 2013, 10:45 AEST

In Washington, on the second day of the US Government shutdown, President Barack Obama plans to meet Congressional leaders to urge them to pass a bill to reopen the government.

The shutdown came after a stand-off between Republicans and Democrats over his signature healthcare reform, Obamacare.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives refused to pass spending measures for government operations unless the healthcare reforms were watered down.

The shutdown means US government departments have closed, forcing as many as 800,000 government employees to take unpaid leave and one million to work without pay.

To take a look at what it means for the Pacific territory of Guam, Campbell Cooney spoke to Dr Ron McNinch, chairman of Public Administration and Legal Studies at the University of Guam.

Presenter: Campbell Cooney

Speaker: Dr Ron McNinch, from the University of Guam

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