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Washington Beat: Day Four Of Gov't Shutdown Ends With No Sign Of Resolution

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On day four of the government shutdown Friday, there was no sign of a resolution, as neither side appeared any more willing to give in. Washington bureau reporter Michael Scotto filed the following report for NY1.

As House Republicans wrapped up another closed-door meeting Friday, House Speaker John Boehner angrily told reporters that President Barack Obama needs to come to the bargaining table.

"This isn't some damn game," Boehner said.

On day four of the government shutdown, there was no sign that a breakthrough was even a remote possibility, as Republicans continued to stick with the same playbook despite objections from some GOP moderates.

"It's basically status quo," said Rep. Peter King, whose district covers parts of Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. "We're going forward with our strategy. They're going forward with their strategy."

That strategy includes a demand that the president change his signature health care law as a condition for reopening the government.

Democrats have said that is non-starter, and on Friday, they dug in their heels as well after a meeting with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

"People say bargain, but they don't have any issues that they're to asking bargain with," said Rep. Charles Rangel, whose district covers parts of Manhattan and the Bronx.

Democrats insist that the shutdown is the fault of Republicans and can end once Boehner brings a no-strings-attached funding bill to the floor.

"It's a disgusting, destructive and disingenuous shutdown," said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of Brooklyn.

Some Republicans have another strategy in mind that would move both parties away from the fight over health care and to negotiations over a budget deal that they say would reopen the government and keep the country from defaulting in mid-October. That plan would focus on entitlement and tax reform.

"The debt ceiling's coming at us in the next 10 days, so of course, as we move forward, we're going to have to deal with a resolution to that," said Rep. Chris Collins of Geneseo, N.Y.

Lawmakers will be on Capitol Hill this weekend, but from the way things look now, a deal doesn't look likely, especially since both sides are spending much of their time pointing fingers. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP