Stop this farce, Obama tells Congress on third day of shutdown
(REUTERS) - The United States (US) government shutdown prompted growing concern of wider economic consequences when it stretched into a third day on Thursday, and President Barack Obama challenged Republicans to "stop this farce" by allowing a straight vote on a spending bill.
Both sides in the stand-off, which was triggered by Republican efforts to halt Mr Obama's healthcare reforms, appeared entrenched.
Republicans in the House of Representatives are planning at least 10 more small bills to reopen specific federal programs, according to a senior Republican aide. Democrats reject that piecemeal approach.
Fears grew that the crisis would merge with a more complex fight looming later this month over raising the federal debt limit and that this could stymie any attempts to end the shutdown before the middle of October.