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Washington Beat: Gov't Shutdown Shows No Signs Of Ending

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Despite a 90-minute meeting between the president and Congressional leaders at the White House, the government shutdown shows no signs of ending.

House Speaker John Boehner emerged from the meeting first, saying that the president refused to negotiate.

Boehner said that House Republicans have sent four proposals for funding the government to the Senate, but they've all been rejected.

He said that the Senate should appoint specific members to work out differences between House and Senate proposals.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that Boehner needs to allow a vote on a Senate-passed bill, and stop focusing on the president's health care law, to get the government back open.

"All we're asking for here is a discussion and fairness for the American people under Obamacare," Boehner said.

"My friend John Boehner, I repeat, cannot take yes for an answer," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"I can only conclude that they wanted to shut down the government, that they think that that has a purpose for them, and we know what that is. They want to overturn the Affordable Care Act," Pelosi said. "That's not going to happen."

Around 800,000 federal employees and more than one-third of the government's civilian employees have been placed on unpaid furlough.

That includes roughly 70 percent of the intelligence workforce, including the CIA and NSA.

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