"While extreme radicals in Washington shut down our government, here in California we're taking action to extend decent health care to millions of families," the Democratic governor said in a prepared statement.
Brown's remarks came as he signed a handful of bills related to the implementation of the federal healthcare overhaul, a major point of contention in the government's partial shutdown.
Asked last week about the impact on California of a then-looming shutdown, Brown said, "Hard to say. The last time they shut down it didn't have much impact. But it could."
PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown explains his budget proposal during a news conference at the state Capitol in Sacramento in January. Randall Benton / Sacramento Bee