Republicans vs. Democrats in the Showdown, Er, I mean Shutdown

Republicans are seeking compromise with the Obamacare laws. They will not fund legislation until demands are met. Democrats refuse to negotiate until the $16.7 trillion (cq) debt limit is raised and the government is reopened. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, (cq) has made multiple efforts to pass bills that will reopen parts of the government, however, Democrat Harry Reid (cq) and other Democrats have placed their efforts in squashing the bills that will reopen parts of the government. Instead, their focus is on offering back pay to furloughed federal workers.

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