Entering its second week the U.S. government shutdown shows no indication of ending, as Democrats dig their heels in against GOP efforts to attain a broader budget deal, according to a report in USA Today.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is trying to put an end to the shutdown by raising the ceiling on the $16.7 trillion federal debt as part of a negotiation in which he hopes to obtain concessions from Democrats on deficit reductions. The Treasury Department has set an Oct. 17 deadline for raising the debt ceiling.
Boehner told ABC's This Week that while Democrats insist the opposite, "there are not the votes in the House" to pass a "clean" stopgap bill.
"So it's my way or the highway, that's what (President Obama) is saying. Complete surrender, and then we'll talk to you," Boehner said.