Shutdown standoff continues in Washington

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We're now three days into the government shutdown, and there's no end in sight to the showdown over the Affordable Care Act after a meeting Wednesday night between congressional leaders and the president.

From the looks of things Thursday morning, we can expect the shutdown to last at least another day.

The Republican-led House will continue efforts to re-open the government one piece at a time, excluding the Affordable Care Act.

"We ought to be working as hard as we can to open up the government in all the areas we agree on," said Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA).

But Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) indicated that he and his colleagues were digging in their heels.

"We're not going to be disrespected," Rep. Stutzman told The Washington Examiner. "We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is."

Republicans are trying to find ways to fund veteran's care, the Army Reserve and the District of Columbia, but they don't want to allow a vote on a clean bill that includes the Affordable Care Act - a law that has been passed by Congress and upheld by the US Supreme Court.

Already, they voted to re-open US parks and memorials and the National Institutes of Health, which had to turn away 200 patients including kids with cancer.

Democrats say no. They want to fund the whole government at once, which is typically how it's been done in the past.

Wednesday night, President Obama tried to break the gridlock with a meeting at the White House.

But afterwards congressional leaders indicated little progress.

"This has never happened before where a political party would be willing to take the country to the brink of financial disaster," said Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV).

"The president reiterated tonight that he will not negotiate," said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

"I am exasperated with the idea that unless I say to 20 million people you can't have health insurance, these folks will not reopen the government," said the president.

Federal employees losing pay because of the shutdown are protesting. They're angry and feeling like political pawns.

The longer the shutdown continues, the more likely it becomes the fight over funding the government will coincide with another fight coming up over raising the debt limit so the nation can pay its bills.

At least 15 Republicans have said they want to end the whole shutdown, but not enough yet to get leadership to change it position.