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No end in sight to government shutdown

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The government shutdown continues, with no sign of a compromise and the clock is ticking toward a possible government default.

House Speaker John Boehner said today, all the President has to do is pick up the phone and start negotiating. When asked how the current standoff might end, the speaker said “if I knew, I'd tell you.”

He blames President Obama for the current impasse, claiming the President refuses to negotiate.

"My goal here is to have a serious conversation about those things that are driving the deficit and driving the debt up,” Boehner says. ”And the President's refusal to sit down and have a conversation about this is putting our nation at risk of default."

The President and his allies says Republicans are making unreasonable demands regarding health care and spending cuts. They say The President is willing to negotiate, but not until the government shutdown is ended.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says: "I don't think it's fair to say that there's no reasonableness on the Democratic side. What we have seen is demands,  unless I get my way that will bring these terrible consequences of shutdown or default - those kinds of threats have to stop."

In the meantime, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered hundreds of thousands of Defense Department employees back to work tomorrow, while a majority of the federal workforce is still off the job.

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