Day four of the partial shutdown of the U.S. government and policymakers appear to have made only superficial progress toward passing a continuing resolution. A coalition of bipartisan Representatives are lobbying for a stopgap funding measure that would turn the lights back on but would also repeal a 2.3 percent medical devices tax, but the measure is unlikely to actually gain enough support: it does not go far enough for the GOP, and it is too much for the Democrats.
Democrats in the House of Representatives need just 17 Republican votes in order to pass a clean CR through to the Senate. Bloomberg reports that as many as 18 House republicans would be willing to vote in favor of one of these options, but Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) would have to allow the vote.
On that front, Speaker Boehner has been unwilling to waver. He and much of the GOP are looking for Democrats to cede real change to Obamacare, while on the other side of the aisle President Barack Obama and the Democratic party have refused to negotiate, arguing that they would be setting precedent for future policymakers to use essential funding bills as bargaining chips in debates about unrelated legislation. Meanwhile, as the shutdown drags on, ordinary Americans are being left in the lurch. While many argue that the consequences will be modest, here are some ways in which the shutdown is affecting millions of Americans all across the country.