President Obama used an appearance at a woman-owned construction company in Rockville to sympathize with small businesses hurt by the government shutdown, which entered Day Three Thursday.
Obama gave a speech at M. Luis Construction Company, where he accused House Speaker John Boehner of blocking the federal government from reopening.
"Speaker John Boehner won't even let the bill get a yes or no vote because he doesn't want to anger the extremists in his party," Obama said.
Lawmakers have been stuck in a stalemate over the budget, spurring the shutdown of the government and leaving hundreds of thousands of federal workers without paychecks.
The president said the longer the shutdown persists, the worse the impact would be on the economy.
M. Luis Construction is a Maryland-based, woman and minority-owned road construction company. Its main office is in Baltimore and its asphalt facility is located at Southlawn Lane in Rockville. The company was founded by Portuguese immigrants.
"Companies like this one are worried that their businesses are going to be disrupted because obviously in this particular area—Maryland, Virginia—you don't know how that's going to impact the economy."
Maryland Congress members Chris Van Hollen and John Delaney attended the event.