President Obama and Congressional Leaders Still Deadlocked on Shutdown

The U.S. president and the Congress failed to stop the government shutdown.

Barack Obama met with the Congress leaders on Wednesday aiming to solve the problem with the federal government shutdown, but there was no breakthrough. Photo: The White House/Flickr

According to reports, after heated debates with the Democratic and Republican leaders on Wednesday, President Obama refused to negotiate, while House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid accused Republicans of trying to hold the president hostage over Obamacare.

The Senate Democratic leader unveiled to reporters that Obama told Republicans “he will not stand” for their tactics.

Republicans tried to find funding to measures that would suspend President healthcare reform. Obama and his fellow Democrats say that is a non-starter.

“The president reiterated one more time that he will not negotiate,” Boehner told reporters after the White House meeting. “All we’re asking for here is a discussion and fairness for the American people under Obamacare.”

Reid unveiled that the Democratic party was willing to discuss any measures and ways to solve the problem with the budget after a temporary funding bill is passed. “We’re through playing these little games,” he said.

Today stock investors were showing signs of anxiety over the standoff following the government shutdown. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq both closed down 0.1 percent.

The U.S. president told reporters that Wall Street should be worried about the debt ceiling.

“I think this time’s different. I think they should be concerned,” Obama said. “When you have a situation in which a faction is willing potentially to default on U.S. government obligations, then we are in trouble.”

According to recent estimates, about 800,000 federal employees will face unpaid leave with no guarantee of back pay when the deadlock is over.

President Obama has recently blamed the House of Representatives for the failure to come to a certain division and said he would “keep working to get Congress to reopen the government [and] restart vital services”.

“This shutdown was completely preventable. It should not have happened,” he said in a letter to federal government employees a few days ago.

“And the House of Representatives can end it as soon as it follows the Senate’s lead, and funds your work in the United States Government without trying to attach highly controversial and partisan measures in the process.”

Meanwhile, famous parks and monuments, supported by federal budget, were the most visible casualty on the first day of the government shutdown in more than a decade.

“In Washington, barricades sprang up at the Lincoln Memorial and other monuments, and the National Park Service was turning off 45 fountains around the capital. National parks from Acadia in Maine to Denali in Alaska followed suit, as did many federal workplaces,” reports The Huffington Post.

“Agencies like NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency were virtually shuttered,” the publication reads.

By the way, both Republicans and Democrats traded blame for the shutdown, but many seemed deeply embarrassed for the consequences.

Several even suggested to donate their salaries to charity for those people who lost their job.

“This is a black eye on our government at all levels,” said Republican Representative Michael Grimm of New York. “I think it’s a low point for us.”

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