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Congress settling in for the long haul on shutdown

Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 |
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Congress appears to be settling in for the long haul as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle imply this partial shutdown might last for weeks.

Day two of the first government shutdown in 17 years begins and there's no resolution in sight.

But a group of moderate republicans say it's time to pass a funding bill even if it is without proposals from more conservative members of the party to weaken the Affordable Care Act.

While lawmakers debate, Americans across the country are feeling the impact of the shutdown, from closed  parks and museums to federal workers forced off the job.

Tuesday night the House tried proposing three bills to fund parts of the government, but democrats stood firm, saying it's all or nothing.

"Now they are focusing on trying to cherry pick some of the few parts of government that they like," said Sen. Harry Reid.

"Most agreements in the past have always involved debt limit increases," said Rep. Paul Ryan. "That's what we think will be the forcing mechanism that will bring the two parties together."

Experts estimate the U.S. economy is losing $300-million each day the government remains closed.

In the meantime, Michigan's Budget Director says Congress needs to reach a deal and fast. John Nixon says the state will lose $18-million a day for every day it's shut down.

"What's more important though is that it's a disruption to our families and it's a disruption to our economy. It's a disruption to the people that are coming to the state to view our natural resources and our national parks and this is just ridiculous it doesn't need to happen," said Michigan Budget Director John Nixon. 

If the shutdown lasts more than 30 days Nixon says the state's welfare and food assistance programs could be in jeopardy.

The state has already sent furlough notices to unions representing tens of thousands of state workers as a precaution in case of an extended shutdown.

Despite the loss of revenue, the markets don't seem to be reacting negatively to the shutdown. 

The Dow gained 62 points Tuesday and the Asian markets were mixed during overnight trading.

The shutdown also means the president will be canceling his scheduled trip to Malaysia later this month.

Hyundai is giving federal workers a break during this shutdown. The company is offering to defer their car payments for as long as they are out of work.

The offer applies only to Hyundai vehicles leased through the company's financing division.

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