Fri Oct 4, 2013 03:32 PM CDT

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones) -- Republicans and Democrats on Friday held fast to positions that led to the partial government shutdown, suggesting the impasse isn't likely to end soon.

Both sides in public comments stepped up efforts to blame each other on the fourth day with hundreds of thousands of workers furloughed. Democrats pleaded with Republicans to pass a temporary spending measure that re-opens the government, and then turn to debate on broader fiscal and policy matters.

House Republicans continued to insist on changes to the health law as a condition of funding the government. They also said the House had ...

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