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Government shutdown Day 2
WASHINGTON - The political stare-down on Capitol Hill shows no signs of easing.
Which means federal government functions -- from informational websites, to national parks, and veterans' claims are in limbo from coast to coast.
Lawmakers in both parties ominously suggested the partial shutdown might last for weeks.
Where the situation stands right now.
From coast to coast, Americans are bearing the brunt of the government shutdown, now in its second day.
In Colorado, the governor is using state funds to pay National Guardsmen cleaning up after the recent floods.
The National Institutes of Health says it may have to turn children with cancer away from clinical trials
And national parks and monuments from the Liberty Bell to Yosemite are closed. The public is furious.
I think it's just a bunch of bull.
It's just a bunch of jerks up there.
The shutdown carries a huge price tag.
According to one estimate taxpayers are on the hook for $300 million a day. $12.5 million an hour. and 1.6 billion a week.
But that hasn't brought Congress closer to a deal.
The latest House Republican strategy is to try to pass funding for certain parts of the government things like the national parks, The Washington, DC
government, and the Veterans Administration.
But Democrats say they'll only agree to fund the entire government and the GOP must abandon its effort to defund, change or delay Obamacare.
Pelosi--They took hostages by shutting down the government and now releasing one hostage at a time.
As Washington braces for a prolonged shutdown, some House Republicans are now saying it's time to pass a continuing resolution that would temporarily
fund the government without any strings attached..
Because of the shutdown, President Obama has cancelled two stops on his upcoming trip to Asia -- with the possibility that entire trip could get
cancelled at some point."