Republicans in the House continued to try to work on the funding problem by passing bills to fund high-profile programs such as national parks and the National Institutes of Health.
However, Obama will not negotiate on funding and has vowed to veto any partial funding bills, saying he won’t fund the government piece by piece.
Congressional leaders emerged Wednesday night from a meeting with President Obama at the White House reporting little progress as all sides struggle for a solution to the government shutdown, which began Tuesday and showed no signs of breaking.
Democrats held firm on their insistence that Republicans pass the Senate’s version of a spending bill that would fund the entire government at last year’s levels, and would preserve Mr. Obama’s health care law.
Mr. Obama is refusing to negotiate and why should he with 85% of the media on his his side?
Some lawmakers said the spending fight is likely to get wrapped up in a battle over the government’s debt ceiling, which the Treasury says it will hit in two weeks.
Some political analysts say that the approaching debt ceiling may cause the Democrats to seriously negotiate with Republicans in the next few days.