Federal lawmakers show no signs of compromise. They remain gridlocked on how to end the nation's partial government shutdown.
"Speaker Boehner and his band of radicals have done the unthinkable," said Sen. Harry Reid, (D) Majority Leader.
"My goodness they won't even sit down and have a discussion about this," said Rep. John Boehner, (R) House Speaker.
Roughly 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed, national parks are closed, and even Panda cams at zoos have been turned off. Some of Utah's federal legislators are pushing to end the shutdown.
Senator Mike Lee tells ABC 4 Utah in a statement, which reads in part: "We can act. We should act. We must act today to resolve this."
Congressman Jim Matheson agrees. He also sent ABC 4 Utah a statement which reads in part: "Now, more than ever, it is critically important that we work together in the name of getting things done."
Former Utah Senator Bob Bennett, who has been through a government shutdown before believes lawmakers need to do it now.
"I think it's a great mistake," said Former Sen. Bob Bennett, (R) Utah.
He said if Republicans think they can defeat ObamaCare with a political standoff they need to think again.
"The majority of Americans think ObamaCare is a mistake and that's a good issue for the Republicans to take into the next election, but there is a much larger majority of Americans who think shutting down the government is a mistake," said Bennett.
Bennett believes both parties will stand their ground until public opinion decides who's most to blame. Right now that's not the President.
"Right now polls show the majority of the public behind him rather than the Republicans, so unless that dynamic changes among the electorates, it's the Republicans in the House that are going to have to change," he said.
People will have to watch closely to see which way the public opinion polls sway. One interesting side note, Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz tweeted out he's going without a paycheck until the shutdown is over.
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