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.
The US shutdown is but a precursor to a much bigger problem - in a couple of weeks the government, shutdown or not, will run out of cash.
Landmarks across the US have closed as the Congress failed to reach a deal over the budget.