Ayotte: 'Defunding ObamaCare did not work’

Lawmakers are still at an impasse on how to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government. House Republicans have tried to use the funding measure to defund and repeal parts of ObamaCare, but Senate Democrats have said the House needs to pass a “clean” CR without any riders.

Although Ayotte blamed some within her own party, she also said Democrats should be more willing to come to the table and negotiate — President Obama has said he won’t negotiate with a “gun” to his head.

“I think where we are, is we have the ill-conceived strategy from some in my party that has led to an immature response to not negotiate,” Ayotte said.

It's unclear where the fight will go from here, with both sides digging in for the first government shutdown since 1996. And in two weeks lawmakers will also have to negotiate a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling otherwise there will be global economic effects.