WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS) - It's day eight of a government shutdown and Congress is no closer to a solution than it was last week.
House Republicans will meet behind closed doors this morning. They're discussing strategy for dealing with the government shutdown and how to proceed as the debt ceiling deadline approaches. On Monday, House Speaker John Boehner traded accusations with President Obama about who is responsible for the shutdown. The President called on Boehner to allow a vote on a bill to fund the government that is free of partisan amendments.
Speaker Boehner wants the president to agree to changes in the healthcare law before any such bill is considered.
"The reason that Speaker Boehner hasn't called a vote on it is because he doesn't apparently want to see the government shut down end at the moment," says President Obama.
China, America's largest creditor, is calling on the U.S. to resolve the political stalemate in order to protect its investments and avoid hurting the global economy. The Senate has begun work on a new bill to raise the debt ceiling. The first vote could come as early as Friday.