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The government shutdown, the first since 1996, came as polarized parties refused to retreat from their positions: Congressional Democrats unwilling to change or postpone health care reform and Republicans intent on using their leverage to get concessions on Obamacare.

In an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, Lee on Monday night claimed credit for kick-starting the effort to use the federal budget as a way to cut funding for Obamacare, a move that led to the impasse and the government shutdown after Democrats refused to yield to House Republicans’ demands.

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