The House Leadership attempted to negotiate with the Democrats earlier this week but Democrats refused, showing their indifference to whether or not the government shuts down.
The Continuing Resolution (CR) passed by the House would have only delayed Obamacare and the HHS Mandate, while fully funding the rest of the government, but Democrats would have none of it. The Senate voted 54 to 46 to defeat the CR.
As Congresswoman Blackburn said;
"A majority of Americans agree that Obamacare is having a devastating impact on businesses and families. The President has already delayed the employer mandate for his friends in big business and our proposal simply extends that relief to all hard-working taxpayers by delaying the individual mandate. It also ensures that all Members of Congress, the White House, and federal employees have to live under the same laws as the rest of the country. The Obamacare double standard that treats politicians in Washington better than the way it treats everyone else is a slap in the face of millions of hard-working people across our country. Obamacare treats some better than others and that's just simply not fair."
Also watch Senator Cruz speak before the United States Senate on September 27, 2013.