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Government shutdown hits week two, and there still is no end in sight

Updated: Monday, October 7 2013, 06:14 PM CDT
Reported by CBS News:

Washington D.C. -- It is now week two of the government shutdown and neither side is budging.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner wants to negotiate with the President on reopening the government and raising the nation's debt limit.

But, the White House and Democrats are demanding bills with no strings attached.

President Obama stopped by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pressure House Speaker John Boehner to pass a temporary spending bill that will re-open the government.

"Hold a vote. Call a vote right now and let's see what happens," President Obama urged.

86-percent of FEMA workers have been furloughed since the partial government shutdown started seven days ago. Jeff Gates, who works at one of the Washington, D.C. museums, has also been furloughed.

"We don't know how long it's going on,” commented furloughed worker Jeff Gates. “We want to be able to do our jobs and we're hopeful there will be a resolution so we can get back to work."

Speaker Boehner and House Republicans are doubling down on their position.  They want to put conditions in the bill that will reopen the government and the one needed to raise the debt ceiling.

“This morning a senior White House official said that the president would rather default than to sit down and negotiate,” commented Boehner. “Really?”

One thing both sides can agree on is getting federal employees back pay.

This week the Senate is expected to pass a House Bill reimbursing workers once the shutdown is over.
Government shutdown hits week two, and there still is no end in sight


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