As of October 1, 21 House Republicans are willing to support a “clean” continuing resolution, which would end the government shutdown without defunding the Affordable Care Act. Joined with the 200 House Democrats, the resolution, similar to the one passed by the Senate, would be passed with a majority, officially ending the shutdown.
However, the fight is not over yet. House Speaker John Boehner said on Monday that he will not allow a clean bill to be passed as long as it does not include concessions by congressional Democrats on health care reform. This seems much more likely now that it appears to be almost certain that the House will reach a majority if the Senate resolution comes to a vote.
Meanwhile, the conservative media is looking to place the blame on Senate Democrats for the shutdown, while the rest of media has made attempts to imply that both sides are at fault. However, some media outlets are not buying it. From the USA Today editorial board:
Both positions fit the dismally low view that Americans have of government in general, and Congress in particular.
In this case, however, the “they’re all bums” reaction is off-base. This shutdown, the first in 17 years, isn’t the result of two parties acting equally irresponsibly. It is the product of an increasingly radicalized Republican Party, controlled by a disaffected base that demands legislative hostage-taking in an effort to get what it has not been able to attain by the usual means: winning elections.
The shutdown came just in time for the opening of the online health insurance marketplace, which, to the dismay of Republicans who have actively tried to stop its implementation since it was signed in 2010, seems to be successful thus far, with the government website healthcare.gov experiencing glitches and errors related to high-traffic.
In a more recent development, The Miami Herald reports that both sides refuse to negotiate with one another, with Democrats and Republicans sticking to their guns.