Tim Nokken, a Political Science Professor at Texas Tech, says that the shutdown won't end until one side concedes.
"There's no indication the democrats are going to cave," said Nokken.
"If this is gonna get done, the republicans have to figure out either what they can do to avoid that or just basically throw in the towel and say let's give in on this and live to fight another day."
Meanwhile, government agencies remained closed leaving an estimated 700,000 people out of work, or unsure about when they'll get their next paycheck.
And if you are expecting a check, it may not come for a while.
"We think about processing certain claims, or maybe getting checks from certain government agencies," said Nokken. "That's not gonna happen."
Agencies around town that are mostly functioning are:
- - The Social Security office
- - The Post Office
- - The courts are open
- - The National Weather Service
- - The Military Recruiting offices .
- - The local FAA office
Agencies not open:
- - The Small Business Administration
- - The local IRS office