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(NECN) - The partial government shutdown is extending into a second week.
Nearly half of those furloughed without pay are headed back to work.
The Pentagon has ordered more than 300,000 employees back to work.
But more than 400,000 remain at home because Congress can't agree on a budget.
Now lawmakers are preparing for a battle over the debt limit as next week the U.S. runs out of credit.
The Senate will also take up a bill passed by the House which would give federal workers furloughed by the shutdown back pay once they return to work.
The White House has said it favors such a move.
For more on this, we were joined on the phone by Conn. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.
He said that his frustration level is “tinto the stratosphere” because the shutdown could be ended by a simple vote.
“That vote would pass with both Republican and Democratic support if the Speaker of the House John Boehner allowed it,” said Blumenthal.
He said that no one has the opportunity to vote because Boehner won’t bring it to the floor.
He also said that the good news is that Sikorsky, which was to have furloughed 2,000 workers Monday because of the shutdown, has canceled those plans, after the pentagon decided to recall nearly all 350,000 furloughed defense workers.
Watch the attached video for more.