Three days into government shutdown & no end in sight
POSTED: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 7:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 12:42pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — We're now three days into the government shut down, and this morning, there's no end in sight to the showdown over Obamacare even after a meeting last night between congressional leaders and the President.
Here on Capitol Hill, lawmakers will begin another round of political ping pong, and for now, both sides are digging in their heels.
The Republican led house will continue efforts to re-open the government one piece at a time, Obamacare excluded.
"We ought to be working as hard as we can to open up the government in all the areas we agree on," said Rep. Eric Cantor, Virginia.
On their to do list are measures to fund veteran's care, the Army Reserve and the District of Columbia.
Already, they voted to re-open U.S. Parks and memorials and the National Institutes of Health which had to turn away 200 patients including kids with cancer.
Democrats say no; they want to fund the whole government at once.
Last night, President Obama tried to break the gridlock with a meeting at the White House, but afterwards Congressional leaders indicated little progress.
"This has never happened before where a political party would be willing to take country to brink of financial disaster," Senator Harry Reid (NV)/ Majority Leader
"The President reiterated tonight that he will not negotiate." House Speaker John Boehner/ Ohio.
President Obama was frustrated.
"I am exasperated with the idea that unless I say to 20 million people you can't have health insurance, these folks will not reopen the government." he said.
As federal employees losing pay because of the shutdown are protesting, they're angry and feeling like political pawns.
The longer this shutdown continues, the more likely it becomes the fight over funding the government.
This will coincide with another fight coming up - over raising the debt limit so the nation can pay its bills.