Government Shutdown Approaches Week 2
KREX News Room
WASHINGTON As the government shutdown approaches week two, House Republicans and President Obama are still locked in a stalemate. Meanwhile, the country gets closer to the next fiscal crisis, running out of money to pay the bills.
If a deal to reach the debt limit isn't reached soon, the country risks default and another recession.
On the sixth day of the government shutdown, the halls of congress were empty and no one was at the negotiating table.
President Obama and Senate Democrats are calling for the house to pass a temporary funding bill to reopen the government with no strings attached.
House Speaker John Boehner says it's up to President Obama to sit down with Republicans if he wants to end the standoff.
"The votes are not in the house to pass a clean debt limit and the president is risking default by not having a conversation with us," said Rep. Boehner (R-OH).
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), said, "Put it on the floor Monday or Tuesday. I would bet there are the votes to pass it."
The house did pass a bill to give furloughed workers the pay they're missing and the senate is expected to follow suit this week.