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Lawmakers: Shutdown Could Last for Weeks

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The budget battle shows no signs of easing, with lawmakers from both parties suggesting that the partial government shutdown could last for weeks. 

The shutdown was sparked by a fight over Republican efforts to kill or delay the new health care law, by inserting the measure in an emergency spending bill. 

Now Republicans are proposing bills to keep open small slices of government, but Democrats are rejecting the idea.

Concern is rising across the country that a prolonged government shutdown would cause consumers to lose faith in the U.S. economy, and furloughed employees would stop spending.

That has business owners concerned. Don Davey, who owns 20 Firehouse Subs restaurants in Florida and Wisconsin says with the shutdown, some of his employees could be making less money as soon as next week.

Other Americans frustrated over the shutdown are taking to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to show their disgust with Congress. Some people are calling Congress "immature," ''stupid" and "idiots" who need to "grow up." 

But some folks are cheering on the Republican leadership's unwavering stance against President Obama's health care plan.

President Obama is canceling two stops on his long-planned trip to Asia because of the shutdown. 

He's scheduled to leave Saturday night for what was originally a four-nation tour. The White House says Obama will still travel to Indonesia and Brunei, but is calling off the final two stops in Malaysia and the Philippines.

The trip is part of Obama's broader focus on boosting U.S. economic ties with Asia. Obama twice canceled trips to Asia in 2010, once to stay in Washington for votes on his health care law, and once because of an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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