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Panetta: Shutdown is 'punishing innocent people'

Clip: 01/09/2019 | 7m 41s

The ongoing government shutdown is not the first time a political stalemate has caused federal agencies to close and workers to go without paychecks. Leon Panetta, who was White House chief of staff during a shutdown under President Clinton, tells Judy Woodruff why reopening the government is the top priority and that there's "no excuse" for failing to do so, plus how Democrats can negotiate.

Aired: 01/09/19

Rating: NR

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