WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Now into its fourth day, the House of Representatives will be in session Saturday as lawmakers continue to work on ending the government shutdown.
House Speaker John Boehener is demanding the White House and congressional Democrats negotiate with congressional Republicans about ways to re-open the government and address criticisms of the president's health care law. Both sides continue to blame each other for the stalemate.
The GOP is urging the Democrat-led Senate to pass a piecemeal approach, which would fund individual parts of the government to end a shutdown, including the national institute of health. But the democrats say they want a bill that covers everything and called on republicans to pass a bill that does not defund the Affordable Care Act, a major sticking point for republicans.
With no deal still in place, many government services remain closed.
The U.S. is also inching closer to the critical date of a possible default-October 17th if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling.