On the eighth day of the government shutdown, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said that before re-opening the government, Democrats and Republicans should sit down for negotiations without any preconditions.
"The central argument is this: are we going to sit down and have a conversation, or aren't we?" he told reporters. "There's no boundaries here. There's nothing on the table, nothing off the table."
Democrats, meanwhile, insist they've already made a major to Republicans by agreeing to the low spending limits that the GOP wanted.