The partial government shutdown is now in its eighth day. While some people aren't feeling the impact yet, effects are hitting communities across the country.
Here's what you need to know.
What's happening in Washington (or, what's not happening)
While Republicans and Democrats are expected to do a lot of talking Tuesday, little of it is with members of the opposite party to work on a way to break the stalemate.
House Speaker John Boehner indicated that he's willing to talk. He told reporters Tuesday he's "not drawing any lines in the sand." "I want to have a conversation," he told reporters in Washington. "It's time to ... resolve our differences."
And Senate Democratic and Republican leaders will also talk to reporters -- separately -- after their weekly lunches.
Setting up the next fiscal fight, Senate Democrats could up the ante by filing a bill today that would lift the country's debt limit and force Republicans to go on record as having voted against it. The Treasury runs out of ways to pay its debts sometime after next Thursday, which administration officials say would be catastrophic to the country's economy. But some on the right aren't so sure that would be a bad thing.
The bill would increase the debt ceiling until after the 2014 elections and does not include any of the demands issued by Republicans, such as reductions in government spending and changes to the health care law.
The Senate has not agreed to take up a bill, however, that would provide back pay to furloughed government workers. The House passed it Saturday. The second-ranking Senate Republican, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, said, "I think it's really premature to be dealing with that until we resolve the underlying problem."
What history says
The White House vows it will not negotiate any policy concessions attached to an increase in the nation's debt ceiling, hoping to avoid a sideshow every time the limit needs to be raised. But there is precedent for Congress to link other issues to such a hike.
• In 1989, the House and Senate agreed to repeal a tax rule approved three years earlier barring discrimination in employer-paid health insurance plans.
• And in 2011, an increase in the debt ceiling was allowed after promised budget cuts outlined in the Budget Control Act.
• Even more, in the 1970s and 1980s, votes on the debt limit included requirements for a balanced budget vote, a cigarette tax and the push for an alternative minimum tax.
Your count seems a bit off
Boehner said he doesn't have the votes to pass a "clean" continuing resolution -- a bill with no strings attached that would fund the government for the next month or two.
But CNN surveyed the House and found that 217 lawmakers would support a "clean" government funding bill. CNN has identified 200 Democrats and 17 Republicans who would support such a measure. 217 is the number of votes needed to pass a bill in the House.
Additionally, if Boehner brought a "clean CR" to the floor, there's a good chance a lot more Republicans would probably join in, one Republican said. But the 17 who said publicly they'd vote for a clean CR declined an opportunity in a procedural vote Monday night to break with their party on the funding issue.
There's your problem right there
John King, CNN chief national correspondent, says the problem with the current stalemate is a lack of trust.
"(W)hat you don't have is that basic trust and the people who matter most -- the people who can deliver a deal to the finish line -- sitting down together. In part because the president says he won't negotiate at all on the issue of a government shutdown, and he won't negotiate for the debt ceiling increase.
"So, the trust deficit at the moment is still in the way of any progress. We're on Day 8. That debt ceiling deadline (is) now within 10 days from now. The government would run out of money within a week or two of that.
"Forgive me, but you should have Bill Murray come in and do this for the next couple days because it seems like 'Groundhog Day.' "
There's a lot of anger
Most Americans say the partial government shutdown is causing a crisis or major problems for the country, according to a new national poll.