For Immediate Release
Aboard Air Force One, En Route San Diego, California
12:55 P.M. PDT
MR. CARNEY: Good afternoon. We’re delighted to have you on board Air Force One today as we make our way from northern -- southern northern California -- rather sunny northern California to sunny southern California. I have no announcements to make, so I will take your questions.
Q Jay, should Americans be prepared for a government shutdown October 1st?
MR. CARNEY: It is a basic function of Congress to take care of this basic piece of business. We believe they should, and it is inconceivable that they will not, take care of this. It is, once again, a situation where, much to the dismay of the vast majority of the American people, 30-odd tea party members are holding hostage not just the Congress but 300 million Americans who expect the basic services of government to be funded.
But again, we believe it’s inconceivable that they won't work it out.
Q The Senate is having a vote at 5:30 p.m. this afternoon. Has the President been making any calls either concerning that vote or pressure on House leaders?