Concerns grow as country enters 3rd day of gov. shutdown

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October 3, 2013, 5:44 am
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(NECN/NBC News: Danielle Leigh) - We're now three days into the government shutdown.

Thursday morning, there's no end in sight to the showdown over “Obamacare,” even after a meeting Wednesday night between congressional leaders and the president.

From the looks of things Thursday morning, we can expect this shutdown to last at least another day.

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers will begin another round of political ping pong.

The Republican-led House will continue efforts to re-open the government one piece at a time, with “Obamacare” excluded.

Rep. Eric Cantor said, "We ought to be working as hard as we can to open up the government in all the areas we agree on."

On their to-do list are measures to fund Veteran's Care, the Army Reserve and the District of Columbia..

Already, they voted to re-open U.S. parks and memorials and the national institutes of health, which had to turn away 200 patients, including kids with cancer.

Democrats say no. They want to fund the whole government at once.

Wednesday night, President Obama tried to break the gridlock with a meeting at the White House.

But afterwards congressional leaders indicated little progress.

Senator Harry Reid said, "This has never happened before where a political party would be willing to take the country to the brink of financial disaster."

House Speaker John Boehner said, "The President reiterated tonight that he will not negotiate."

President Obama was frustrated.

President Obama said, "I am exasperated with the idea that unless I say to 20 million people ‘you can't have health insurance’, these folks will not reopen the government."

Federal employees losing pay because of the shutdown are protesting.

They're angry and feeling like political pawns.

The longer this shutdown continues the more likely it becomes the fight over funding the government.

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