A colleague pointed that out after the speaker of the House finished his brief, two-question statement on the House's vote to start a conference on the budget. Even when asked about his "message" to those being furloughed, Boehner did not mention that a shutdown was actually occuring.
The message is that ... something is happening, and the GOP is trying to make Washington more fair by raising health care costs for federal employees.
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