Oct 1, 2013 10:07 AM by Garrett Boyd
WASHINGTON (AP) - One conservative House Republican is predicting that the partial shutdown of the government that began today will drag on, if President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats don't negotiate over delaying a key part of the new health care law.
Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee tells Fox News that "people are going to realize they can live with a lot less government."
But a top Senate Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois, tells CNN he hopes the standoff can be resolved by the end of the day.
Federal workers considered nonessential have about four hours to get their offices in order today, and then they'll have to go home.