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Government shutdown drags on through weekend

WASHINGTON, DC (SENATE TV/HOUSE TV/POOL/WHITE HOUSE.GOV/CNN) – Negotiations between President Barack Obama and Republicans on the debt ceiling and ending the government shutdown are stalled.

President Obama rejected the House's will not vote to reopen the government this weekend.

It's now day 12 of the government shutdown, and talks between Republicans and the president on raising the debt ceiling and opening the government hit a brick wall.

"Well when the Senate and the President says no to what they offered then it's kind of tough," said Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert.

President Obama said in his weekly address on Saturday that he isn't support of a House Republican plan to temporarily raise the debt limit by six weeks.

"It wouldn't be wise, as some suggest, to just kick the debt ceiling can down the road for a couple months, and flirt with a first-ever intentional default," President Obama said.

This current situation standstill means the House won't vote on reopening the government until Monday.

On Saturday, the Senate failed to advance a clean debt limit bill that would allow the country to play its bills.

"It's hard for me to comprehend, but every republican voted against this," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The plan being worked on by GOP Senators to reopen the government is now off the table, so Sen. Reid is meeting with Sen. Mitch McConnell to discuss reopening the government and extending the debt ceiling.

Late Saturday, the focus shifted to a meeting between the president and leading democratic senators.

Still, no firm indication of when the crisis will be resolved and the government shutdown may enter its third week.

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