Oct 8, 2013 9:59 AM by Maddie Garrett
It's day eight of the government shutdown, and the pressure is on for a vote to end it. On Tuesday, the focus is on Democrats and Republicans in the House, to see if there will be enough votes to support a budget with no strings attached, specifically leaving the Affordable Healthcare Act intact.
The goal for many on Capitol Hill is to get government workers back on the job with paychecks. And while hundreds of thousands of defense workers are back at work Tuesday, they're still not getting paid.
"it still is frustrating not knowing when that paycheck is actually going to come," said Macarioa Mora, a civilian worker at Luke AFB.
The fallout from the government shutdown is spreading, and it's not just federal workers feeling the pain. At a restaurant near the IRS, the tables sit empty on what would normally be a packed day. With few people manning the IRS, there's no one to come in and spend money at the restaurant.
Sharita West is a waitress there, she makes just over $2 an hour, relying on tips to make up the bulk of her income. She said this past week, her tips aren't enough to pay her bill.s
"I had a day where I made like nine bucks total," said West.
But there doesn't seem to be a clear end in sight. Right now, Washington's not talking.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) had this to say on the House floor, "Really, Mister President, it's time to have that conversation before our economy is put further at risk."
President Obama said he'll only negotiate when health care's off the table. By NBC's count, as many as 21 Republicans may join Democrats in supporting a budget with no strings attached.
On that, President Obama said, "Call a vote right now, and let's see what happens."
But for now, the House is working piece by piece, restoring funding to the FDA and approving back pay for furloughed workers. Senate Democrats are expected to largely ignore both bills, focusing solely on a budget to get the entire government back in business.
The Senate is also working on a plan to raise the debt limit, with the deadline fast approaching on October 17th. Economists say if Congress doesn't act, and the nation defaults on its debt, the fall-out could be even more detrimental than the shutdown.