(Washington, DC) -- The partial shutdown of the federal government is nearly one week old and there is still no end in sight.
Both sides are dug in and there are no negotiations aimed at ending the impasse. Over the weekend, the Defense Department ordered nearly 350,000 furloughed civilian employees back to work. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called them essential to military readiness.
Roughly 450,000 other federal employees remain on furlough but it is likely they will receive back pay when the shutdown is resolved.
The House continues to approve bills temporarily funding some federal agencies but the piecemeal efforts have been dismissed by the Senate. Senate Democrats accuse House Republicans of "cherry-picking" certain things for funding while ignoring calls for legislation to end the shutdown by funding the entire government.
The partisan funding dispute centers on the insistence of House Republicans to hamper the healthcare reform law, a deal breaker in the Democratic-led Senate.