Shutdown Continues Into Week Two

The government shutdown enters its second week with no resolution in sight and ominous signs that the United States is moving closer to the possibility of the first default in the nation's history.
House Speaker John Boehner and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew traded blame on Sunday but provided no hint of compromise. Boehner rules out House votes on a temporary spending bill or a measure to raise the nation's borrowing authority without concessions from President Barack Obama.

Boehner says there aren't enough votes to pass to pass a continuing resolution, a claim Representative Bill Enyart refuted when he spoke to reporters on Friday.

"If I was Speaker of the House, I could have this government back open today," Enyart said.
A bill guaranteeing pay for 800,000 furloughed federal workers once the shutdown ends passed through the House unanimously. A bill continuing religious services in the military also passed and the vote would have been unanimous if not for Rep. Enyart.
He said on Facebook after the vote that the bill does nothing for the troops, with services like day care and commissaries still closed due to the shutdown.

He also said the bill is just a cover for politicians who won't do their jobs.

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