(CNN) -- President Barack Obama went on a rhetorical offensive against House Republicans on the third day of the federal government shutdown, telling a crowd in Maryland Thursday that there's only one party at fault and one remedy.
"There's only one way out" of this reckless and damaging "Republican shutdown," he said.
"Congress has to pass a budget that funds our government with no partisan strings attached," Obama told workers at M. Luis Construction in Rockville.
Obama visited the company in part to highlight impacts of the shutdown on small businesses, which he says are going to suffer when some of its customers and clients -- idle federal workers or agencies -- aren't about to do business with them.
The president said the shutdown is threatening the economic progress that the nation has made since the last recession.
"The worst part is this time, it's not because of a once-in-a-lifetime recession ... it's happening because of a reckless Republican shutdown in Washington," he said.
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