It was a rare moment of cooperation in the US House of Representatives, as members unanimously agreed to back pay all workers currently on unpaid leave due the shutdown.
The measure comes as the government tries to ease the effects of the impasse which saw hundreds of thousands of government employees sent home without pay on October 1st.
Now almost 400,000 defence staff have been recalled. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said this was thanks to the Pay Our Military Act which was passed shortly before the shutdown.
But a deal on the federal budget looked no closer.
Obama has refused talks with Republicans unless they end the shutdown and agree to raise the debt ceiling, but Republicans want strings attached, notably a delay of the implementation of Obamacare.
On the domestic front the Americans are making their thoughts known. Americans have made their anger known. Protesters gathered in Washington chanting “Do your job” and placards read “My husband works without pay yet Congress gets paid with no work.” Many workers deemed essential to the functioning of the country have continued working through the shutdown without pay.
As the shutdown drags on the next crucial deadline of October 17 is fast approaching.Unless Congress agrees to raise the debt ceiling the US risks defaulting on its debt for the first time in its history.