There's little hope for a swift end to the partial government shutdown.
House Republicans are expected to continue their attempts to reopen select bits of the government, a move Senate Democrats oppose.
U.S. Representative Bill Enyart (D-Ill.) also opposes the plan, especially the bill funding the VA, which he says cuts $6 billion from the original budget the House agreed on.
“It was a Republican bill, Republican budget numbers, and then they cut it,” Enyart says. “And then they put it up (for a vote) to gain some kind of political advantage.”
The focus may be shifting to the debt limit expiration in two weeks. House Republicans ramped up calls for cuts in federal benefit programs and future deficits, which they say will be part of any debt limit legislation.
The House is also expected to approve a bill Saturday that would guarantee back pay for 800,000 federal employees, including those at the federal prison in Marion. Leaders in the Senate and White House both voiced approval.