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Day eight of government shutdown
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - It's day eight of a government shutdown and Congress is no closer to a solution.
But while the stalemate continues, global fears over the looming debt ceiling crises are rising.
The government is expected to run out of money to pay its bills on October 17th. Democrats controlling the Senate are planning to try to pass a stand-alone measure to increase the government's borrowing cap.
Meantime, House republicans will meet behind closed doors Tuesday morning to figure out how they will handle the looming debt ceiling crisis.
Both sides continue to shift the blame.
House Speaker John Boehner says the president has the power to end the stalemate, but the president says only Congress can approve funding bills.
"The president's refusal to negotiate is hurting our economy and putting our country at risk," said Rep. John Boehner.
"The reason that Speaker Boehner hasn't called a vote on it is because he doesn't apparently want to see the government shut down end at the moment," said President Obama.
Some Senate republicans have said they would support a bill to raise the debt ceiling without any attachments.
But Senate democrats may not have the 60 votes needed to block a filibuster.