As the government shutdown rages into its second week in Washington with no compromise in sight, Americans are becoming increasingly troubled by the crisis.
A Gallup Poll released Monday showed 70 percent of Americans viewed the partial government shutdown as a major problem, a 14 point increase from the 1995 shutdown when just 56 percent of Americans saw the suspension of government services as an issue.
On Sunday Republicans and Democrats echoed the same talking points they've been barking all week. Republicans want President Barack Obama to concede a few conservative wish list items like the Keystone Pipeline or at least repeal the medical device tax that is part of Obamacare. Democrats, on the other hand, want House Speaker John Boehner to "just vote" on a no-frills funding bill.
"Let me issue [ Boehner] a friendly challenge. Put it on the floor Monday or Tuesday. I would bet there are the votes to pass it," Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said during an appearance on ABC's "This Week."
So far, 21 House Republicans have said they would vote to pass a so-called clean spending bill.
That is on top of the 195 Democrats who signed a letter Sunday signaling their support.
Boehner, however, maintains he doesn't have the votes to pass a so-called clean spending bill to get the country up and running again.
"There are not the votes in the House to pass a clean CR," Boehner said during ABC's "This Week." "The American people expect in Washington, when we have a crisis like this, that the leaders will sit down and have a conversation. I told my members the other day, there may be a back room somewhere, but there is nobody in it."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office released a statement Monday doubling down on the Democrats pleas for Boehner to bring a bill to the floor that would reopen the government.
"Americans across the country are suffering because Speaker Boehner refuses to come to grips with reality," a Reid spokesman says. "Today, Speaker Boehner should stop the games and let the House vote on the Senate's clean CR so that the entire federal government can re-open within 24 hours."
To stay busy, the House continues to push for a collection of piecemeal spending bills to restore funding to selected government agencies and ease the pain of the shutdown. But Democrats in the Senate say those bills, which range from funding Head Start to reopening national parks, are dead on arrival. Democrats argue that House Republicans should refocus their efforts on simply passing to fund the entire government including Obamacare.
Congress is also running down to the wire on its next fiscal showdown. The country is just 10 days from the deadline to increase the country's borrowing limit, something the New York Times reported Thursday Boehner was privately assuring members he would not default on. But House Republicans and Boehner's office continue to demand concessions in exchange for a debt increase.