Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday reprimanded the Senate for rejecting a House request to enter into a conference on a short-term spending bill.
Boehner rarely speaks on the floor, but his appearance today was the third in two days.
Today was also his second "my goodness" moment this week. On Monday, he criticized the Senate for not working Sunday on a plan to fund the government.
"Our country has big problems," Boehner said Tuesday. "Today our government has big problems, and the only way these problems are going to be resolved, is if we sit down amicably and keep the American people in mind and come to an agreement."
The Senate on Tuesday morning voted down the House's request to conference on a resolution that would fund the government through December, delay ObamaCare's individual health insurance mandate, and eliminate healthcare subsidies for members of Congress and senior officials.
Democrats have said they will not negotiate on any language involving ObamaCare. But Boehner reiterated that the GOP will keep pushing for a delay in the individual mandate, to match a delay that companies received from the Obama administration.
"No exemptions. No exceptions. Let's treat everyone the same," he said.
House Republicans were expected to meet with each other at 1 p.m. to discuss what to do next to address the shutdown. Some have suggested trying to fund small pieces of the government in lieu of a broader deal with Democrats.