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Government officials say shutdown could last weeks

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Wednesday will be day two of the partial federal government shutdown over Obamacare and it looks like there's no quick way out of the stalemate.

With much of Washington shut down, House Republicans made a move to reopen national parks like Yosemite, locked today to fund D.C. government and veterans programs, on a day when elderly vets had to skirt barriers to get into Washington's World War Two Memorial.

But Senate Democrats said "no" to any partial fix.

"This is not serious. The government is shut down and if they think they're gonna nitpick us on this, it won't work," said Nevada Democratic Senator Harry Reid.

And it didn't.  Two-thirds votes were needed and House Democrats killed the bills.

800,000 federal workers are furloughed.

"It's a mess. Congress needs to get their act together, seriously," said federal employee Leathey Chandler.

Republicans insist Obamacare must be delayed

"We want to sit down and get this done.  We don't want to close the government down.  We want it to open," said Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan.

Ironically, the president's affordable care act kicked off today, unaffected by the shutdown-millions logging on to healthcare.gov.  The President said Republicans can't stop Obamacare

"It is settled, and it is here to stay," the president said.

And, for at least tonight, government stays partly shut down.

Wednesday, Republicans say they might try again for a partial reopening.

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