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WASHINGTON D.C. (NBC News) – In Washington, DC there is no sign of a deal to end the partial federal government shutdown.
Republicans said, ” let’s negotiate,” and President Obama said ok but not until republicans fund government.
On day four, there was a protest outside the Capitol where House Speaker John Boehner said he’s irritated at talk about which party’s winning this shutdown showdown.
“This isn’t some damn game !!” exclaimed Boehner.
“Reopen the government and bring fairness to the American people under Obamacare. It’s as simple as that, but it all has to begin with a simple discussion,” House Senate Leader Harry Reid.
Seeming in no rush to budge on health care, President Obama took a walk, on a sunny warm Friday to a nearby sandwich shop.
“I am happy to have negotiations with the republicans and Speaker Boehner on a whole range of issues but we can’t do it with a gun held to our head of the American people,” said Mr. Obama.
After yesterday’s capitol scare and word that some of the federal police who responded are working without pay.
House republicans moved to make sure the cops get paid retroactively.
Democrats agreed, but they’re furious about the shutdown.
“I mean them people down there, them tea party people are nuts to shut down the government and do what they’re doing,” said democratic Congressman Bob Brady of Pennsylvania.
Still, Tea Party leader, Ted Cruz insisted the health care law has got to be stopped.
“Right now Obamacare is costing millions of Americans. They’re losing their jobs. They’re not finding a job,” claimed Cruz.
It’s just twelve days ’til the shutdown crisis merges with the more dangerous debt ceiling fight.
Speaker Boehner said today we should not default on October 17th, but he did not rule that out.