President Obama has said "no one is winning" as long as the government shutdown continues.
He told reporters: "This shutdown could be over today. We know there are the votes for it in the House of Representatives, if speaker Boehner would simply allow that vote to take place.
"There's no winning when families don't have certainty about whether they're going to get paid or not.
"We should get this over as soon as possible", he added.