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Pryor, Cotton differ on blame for federal shutdown

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LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Sen. Mark Pryor and Rep. Tom Cotton differ on who is to blame for a partial shutdown of the federal government.

Pryor's re-election campaign said Tuesday that Cotton has been a "cheerleader" for shutting down the government in an effort to stop provisions of the new federal health care act from taking effect. Cotton, who is seeking Pryor's Senate seat, says Democrats are behind the shutdown because of their dedication to what is often derisively called "Obamacare."

The government shutdown has affected operations at several federal facilities in Arkansas, including the Hot Springs National Park, the Fort Smith National Historic Site, the Buffalo National River and the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. Would-be guests are encouraged to call ahead before visiting any facility with operations linked to federal funds.

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