Posted: Oct 7, 2013 10:46 AM by NBC News
Updated: Oct 7, 2013 2:53 PM
It's week two of the partial government shutdown, and, in Washington, President Obama insisted on a vote to end it.
Mr. Obama insists there are republicans in the House have had enough and that the bill would pass.
But no vote's been called. Meantime, more than 300,000 civilian Defense Department employees went back to work, declared essential.
But as the remnants of Hurricane Karen swept east, FEMA workers called back for the storm last week were being re-furloughed and sent back home.
At FEMA headquarters, the President demanded a house vote to end the standoff today. "The truth of the matter is there are enough republican and democratic votes in the House of Representatives right now to end this shutdown," the President said. A couple dozen house republicans agree, but Speaker John Boehner will not allow a vote.
The shutdown's trapping Alaskan crabbing crews without permits or weather forecasts. Nevada's Lake Mead is closed as is the USS Constitution near Boston.
But the conservative Heritage Foundation, in a web ad, is warning vulnerable democrats on healthcare. A democratic ad looks to the next clash focused on raising the debt ceiling.
Threats won't work, vowed the President, calling on Congress to hike the debt ceiling. "As soon as that happens i am eager and ready to sit down and negotiate,"
Mr. Obama said. House Speaker John Boehner sounded stunned.
"This morning a senior white house official said that the President would rather default than to sit down and negotiate. Really?" questioned the Speaker. It's the start of week two of the shutdown, ten days 'til default and no deal on either in sight.
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