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  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures during a news conference about the ongoing budget fight, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The government limped into a third day of partial shutdown Thursday with no sign of a way out after a White House conversation between President Barack Obama and top congressional leaders seemed only to harden the stances of Democrats and Republicans. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Friday, October 04, 2013 8:20 am

Pelosi: Republicans can't even talk to themselves

The Associated Press

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says no progress has been made toward ending the government shutdown because "it's very hard to negotiate with the Republicans when they can't negotiate with themselves."

Pelosi says, quote, "They can't say, `Our first premise is you have to overturn the Affordable Care Act.' "

She said Democrats agreed weeks ago to the GOP money figure for stopgap spending, but said Republicans have stalled since then.

Pelosi says to get the government up and fully running again, "it will take some coming together on the Republican side."

The California Democrat said the expiration of the government's borrowing authority is a frightening prospect, saying that "we have to find a path" but have not found the ability to do so.