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As shutdown enters 6th day, lawmakers look to raise debt ceiling
WASHINGTON (NEWSCHANNEL 3) It's day six of the government shutdown. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) says he doesn't know when it will end and it is up to President Obama to start negotiations. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told Republicans they are "playing with fire."
On the sixth day of the government shutdown, the halls of Congress are empty, and no one is at the negotiating table.
House Speaker John Boehner said it's up to President Obama to sit down with Republicans is he wants to end the standoff.
"I decided to stay here in Washington this weekend. He knows what my phone number is, all he has to do is call," Boehner says.
President Obama and Senate Democrats are calling for the House to pass a bill temporary funding bill to re-open the government with no strings attached. They also want a straightforward bill that will raise the country's debt limit before the U.S. runs out of money to pay its bills on Oct. 17.
Boehner said the president will have to make some concessions: "The votes are not in the House to pass a clean debt limit and the president is risking default by not having a conversation with us."
On "Face the Nation," Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned lawmakers are playing with fire. "Congress shouldn't be creating self-inflicting wounds. That hurts the economy and hurts the American people, so I think Congress can and should act," Lew says.
Schumer challenged Boehner to put a clean bill to re-open the government to the test. "Put it on the floor Monday or Tuesday. I would bet there are the votes to pass it," he says.
The House did pass a bill to give furloughed workers the pay they're missing, and the Senate is expected to follow suit this week.