Day Two Of Government Shutdown And The Blame Game Continues

Congressional leaders are called to the White House on the second day of a partial government shutdown that has furloughed hundreds of thousands of works. Some Houston area Republican lawmakers question whether Democrats are ready to deal.

Much of the government's operations are put on hold, in a dispute over Republicans' efforts to block or postpone the president's health care law.

During a conference call with several House Republican lawmakers, U.S. Rep. John Culbertson, R-Houston, said the Democrats' refusal is for another reason.

"The fact that they will not negotiate with House Republicans, even talk to us, this government shutdown is a deliberate strategy by the Democrats to kick off the 2014 election, and as I think very disappointing."

U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Houston, says the health care doesn't help everybody, like it claims it does.

"Obamacare discriminates against those people who don't have special insight to the White House. That is a discriminatory bill, and the 1200 folks that got the waivers, that's not fair to people who don't get waivers."

Funding for much of the U.S. government was halted after Republicans moved a routine spending bill as part of their effort to kill or delay the health care law. But U.S. Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston, says the Republican majority was on the short end of that legislation in 2010, and they now want to repeal it.

"That has basically nothing to do with the federal spending, because not a dime of the Affordable Care Act, is part of this appropriation bill. So, we do have to come together, but somewhere along the way you can't refight a battle that you lost three years ago."

Meanwhile, the treasury secretary told lawmakers that unless they act on time, he will run out of money to pay the nation's bills in a couple of weeks.

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Pat Hernandez is a general assignments reporter who joined the KUHF news staff in February of 2008...