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DAY 3: Government shutdown - Leaders remain at an impasse
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's meeting at the White House yesterday with congressional leaders did nothing to break the impasse over the government shutdown.
Both sides just hardened their positions
Day 3 - And the government is no closer to re-opening.
President Obama visited a construction company in Maryland today to highlight the tangible effects of the shutdown
Last night the president sat down with congressional leaders at the White House - but they made no progress.
Rep. John Boehner, Speaker of the House All we're asking for here is a discussion and fairness for the American people under Obamacare.
But the president insists he will not negotiate the health care law - or anything - until republicans reopen the government.
There seems to be little urgency in Washington today - plenty of press conferences but no meetings or negotiations.
Democrats - and some moderate republicans - say Speaker Boehner could end the shutdown if he schedules a vote on a clean funding bill - with no
changes to Obamacare.
Obama John Boehner right now has not been willing to say no to a faction of the republican party that are willing to burn the house down because of an
obsession over my Health Care Initiative.
The shutdown is already being felt across the nation. Many government offices were closed or offering limited services.
I can't get a social security check until I get a social security card. So I guess I'm out of luck.
Programs like WIC - which provides 9 million women with assistance for their children- have been deemed non-essential.
How am I supposed to get the extra $200 a month to pay for formula
And Head Start estimates that nearly 19,000 low income children might be unable to attend pre-school this week because of a lack of funding.