The President said Republican lawmakers are determined to gut his health care law.
But U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said the Obama Administration has repeatedly announced delays relating to the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.
"When the President says the average family will see a reduction in their healthcare premiums of $2,500 dollars, that's not true because they've actually gone up on average $2,400 dollars. And for many young people, they're gonna have to pay more so my generation will have to pay less."
U.S. Rep. Al Green, D-Houston, thinks it's a matter of priorities.
"To make sure that people have affordable healthcare, not to eliminate a great piece of legislation before it gets off the ground, especially given that the other side has not presented their healthcare plan. There's nothing that they have passed so that we can compare. They simply want to repeal, and not pass their own bill."
University of St. Thomas political science Professor Dr. Jean-Phillipe Faletta says the current events on Capitol Hill have resulted in some enlightening instruction.
"Basically what the students are looking for is for me to keep them updated on what's going on, instead of all the twists and turns in the situation, especially with respect to some of the rules in Congress. Some of them are looking directly [at] how this could impact them."
The last government shutdown, 17 years ago, lasted about a month.