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Government Shutdown: Day 2

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It's day two of the government shutdown.

There are signs that it could stretch for weeks.

President Obama has shortened his planned trip to Asia next week -- and the cutbacks are starting to bite all across the country.

ABC's Tahman Bradley has more.

From coast to coast, Americans are bearing the brunt of the government shutdown.  Now in its second day.

In Colorado, the governor is using state funds to pay national guardsmen cleaning up after the recent floods.

The national institutes of health says it may have to turn children with cancer away from clinical trials

And national parks and monuments from the liberty bell to Yosemite are closed.

The public is furious.

"I think it's just a bunch of bull."

"It's just a bunch of jerks up there."

The shutdown carries a huge price tag.

According to one estimate taxpayers are on the hook for $300 million a day, $12.5 million an hour, and 1.6 billion a week..

But that hasn't brought congress closer to a deal.

The latest house republican strategy is to try to pass funding for certain parts of the government things like the national parks, the Washington, DC government, and the veterans administration.

But democrats say they'll only agree to fund the entire government and the GOP must abandon its effort to defund, change or delay Obamacare.

"They took hostages by shutting down the government and now releasing one hostage at a time.

As Washington braces for a prolonged shutdown, some house republicans are now saying it's time to pass a continuing resolution that would temporarily fund the government without any strings attached..

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