White House meeting fails to result in progress in resolving govt. shutdown
The U.S. government shutdown will head into day three after congressional leaders emerged from the White House Wednesday with no deal following talks with President Obama.
After the meeting, Obama again reiterated that his health care reforms, that triggered the deadlock, are not up for negotiation.
In an interview with CNBC, the president admitted that the standoff was exhausting.
"During the course of my presidency, I have bent over backwards to work with the Republican Party. And, am I exasperated? Absolutely. I'm exasperated because this is entirely unnecessary."
The Republicans want to add government measures to the budget that would delay or undercut Obama's health care law something the Democrats refuse to accept.
And another clock is ticking, as the deadline to raise the nation's debt ceiling - October 17th - is fast approaching.
For the 800-thousand furloughed federal workers, the uncertainty over when they'll be able to return to work, has left many angry with some taking their frustrations to the streets.
"I actually have two kids in college, out of state tuition. It's going to be a significant hardship. I'm talking about possibly getting emergency loans from the Credit Union."
Another bunch of people upset by the shutdown are tourists --- especially those in Washington DC, who were looking forward to checking out the national parks and museums there.
"We had so much we were going to see today and now we have a big bowl of nothing."
Connie Lee, Arirang News.
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