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Shutdown enters third day

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WASHINGTON (NBC) -

It's day three of the government shutdown and there's still no progress after a meeting last night between President Obama and top congressional leaders.

House republicans maintain that defunding Obamacare remains part of the price of returning 800,000 federal workers to their jobs.

Today president Obama is taking his case for getting the government up and running again on the road.

This morning, Mr. Obama visited a road construction company in Rockville, Maryland to show how the government shutdown is impacting businesses all over the country.

Mr. Obama and congressional leaders met at the white house last night but it ended with no progress.

"All we're asking for is a discussion and fairness for people under Obamacare. I wish the President would listen to the American people," said House Speaker John Boehner.

The White House says the President will talk about health care after congress reopens the government.

House republicans now are taking a series of separate votes today to restore funds for veterans.

Yesterday they voted to fund national parks and the national institutes of health including clinical trials.

"Of all the politics in Washington, let's move forward on this and give hope back to these families," said republican congresswoman Renee Ellmers of North Carolina.

But democrats say they won't open just parts of the government.

They say the entire government needs to reopen.

If this battle continues until mid-October it will run into another fight over raising the country's debt ceiling or risk a first ever federal default.

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