Republicans rip White House in shutdown reprisal

WASHINGTON: Republicans launched a furious counter-attack on the White House as the US government shutdown dragged deep into a fourth day, but no fresh path to ending the crisis was offered.

With lawmakers heading into the weekend, Congress appeared no closer to resolving the impasse, even as a far more challenging fiscal hurdle — the need to raise the US debt ceiling or suffer a catastrophic credit default — was barely 12 days away.

“This isn’t some damn game,” boomed House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, seeking to seize the moral high ground, after a report cited an unnamed official saying that the White House is benefiting from the shutdown, which has sent hundreds of thousands home without pay.

“This morning, I get the Wall Street Journal out and it says, ‘well, we don’t care how long this lasts, because we’re winning,'” Boehner said, theatrically waving a copy of the paper.