House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says House Republicans keep "moving the goal posts" on a budget deal.
The California Democrat said Wednesday that Republican House Speaker John Boehner needs to allow a vote on a Senate passed bill and the government will reopen.
President Barack Obama called congressional leaders of both parties to the White House to discuss the partial government shutdown now in its second day.
House Republicans are demanding changes to Obama's health care law in exchange for reopening the government. Obama has refused. He insists that the House follow the Senate and pass a government funding bill that's free of other demands.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, says House Republicans are too focused on the health care law.
House Speaker John Boehner emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama to say the president is still refusing to negotiate.
Boehner says House Republicans have sent four proposals for funding the government to the Senate, but they've all been rejected. He says the Senate should appoint conferees to work out differences between a House and Senate proposals.