As the country heads into the weekend with the government shutdown and little progress made by lawmakers Friday, it doesn't seem there's hope for an end to the stalemate in Washington. Michael Scotto has more on how neither side of the aisle seems to be talking.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As House Republicans wrapped up another closed door meeting, House Speaker John Boehner angrily told reporters that President Obama needs to come to the bargaining table.
"This isn't some damn game. The American people don't want their government shut down and neither do I," Boehner said.
On day four of the government shutdown, there was no sign that a breakthrough was even a remote possibility as Republicans continued to stick with the same playbook, despite objections from some GOP moderates.
"It's basically status quo. We're going forward with our strategy. They're going forward with their strategy," said New York Representative Peter King.
That strategy includes a demand that the President change his signature health care law as a condition for reopening the government. Democrats have said that is a non-starter and on Friday, they dug in their heels as well after a meeting with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.
"People say bargain, but they don't have any issues that they're to asking bargain with," said New York Representative Charles Rangel.
Democrats insist the shutdown is the Republicans' fault and that Boehner needs to end it by bringing a no strings attached funding bill to the floor.
But some Republicans have another strategy in mind that would move both parties away from the fight over health care and to negotiations over a big budget deal that they say would reopen the government and keep the country from defaulting in mid-October. That plan would address focus on entitlement and tax reform.
"The debt ceiling is coming at us in the next ten days, so, of course, as we move forward, we are going to have to deal with a resolution to that," said New York Representative Chris Collins.
Lawmakers will be on Capitol Hill this weekend, but from the way things look now, a deal doesn't look likely. Especially since both sides are spending much of their time pointing fingers.