We're keeping tabs on our lawmakers to see what they are doing to end the stalemate. They're hopeful at least that something can be done before Thursday.
Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-9th) tells WDBJ7he's willing to concede defeat in repealing the Affordable Care Act and wants to vote for a spending bill if the President and the cabinet will also be forced to enroll in the ACA.
"Well we may not get the concessions," he says. "[But] it is a concession if the President has to live under his own bill. That is a concession because it would not only be the President it would be his cabinet... and other political appointees."
Senator Mark Warner (D) is just plain tired of all the seemingly fruitless negotiations:
"You know it seems like we're going through this Kabuki dance, " he said by phone Tuesday. "There was a bipartisan group working in the Senate. Now the House has something the President said he wouldn't support. The Senate has said it wouldn't pass. Why do we have to go through this charade to get it rejected. American people have every right to be mad as hell!"
"[Tuesday] morning, I attended a House Republican Conference meeting where a variety of ideas were shared on the partial government shutdown and approaching debt limit," said Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-6th) in a statement. "Currently, House Members are working on legislation which could be voted on as early as tonight to avoid reaching the debt limit.” That possibility came and went Tuesday without a vote.
Rep. Robert Hurt (R-5th) placed the blame squarely on Senate Democrats:
"Two weeks into this lapse in federal operations, I remain committed to making every effort to fund critical government programs," he said in a statement. "We in the House have passed fifteen pieces of legislation to fund programs within the government since the beginning of this impasse; however, all but one of these have been blocked by our colleagues in the Senate... I am hopeful that the conversations currently taking place will lead to a resolution to this situation so that we can move forward and concentrate on implementing fiscally sound policies on behalf of the American people.”