WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - The blame game's still in overtime in the nation's capital, as a congressional standoff over health care keeps much of the federal government shut down.
Friday, the Labor Department said it could not release its highly anticipated jobs report for September because its offices have been closed for four days. The national figures are generally a harbinger of what Wisconsin's unemployment picture will look like when it's announced later in the month.
President Obama blames GOP House Speaker John Boehner for the shutdown, saying he's blocking a vote on a spending package without delays for Obama's Affordable Care Act.
Boehner pointed at the president's people for, "steamrolling ahead" on Obamacare.
House Democrat Ron Kind of La Crosse said his colleagues are being pressured by their leaders not to stray from their party lines. He's among almost 20 lawmakers of both parties calling for bi-partisan talks to end the standoff.
Obama says no to that. In his words, "You don't get to demand some ransom in exchange for keeping the economy running."