Government shutdown 2013: Standoff continues as shutdown enters second day

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Day two of the shutdown is not only sapping government workers of their pay, the damage is also psychological.

Carter Kinsey writes research grants at the National Science Foundation in Arlington. Yesterday, the writing stopped.

"I want them to know that it's having a very adverse impact in ways they won't see and can't measure,” Kinsey says.

At a press conference Wednesday morning, Democratic senators from Maryland and Virginia detailing the negative local impact of the shutdown said enough is enough.

“We need to re-open the federal government,” said Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

They, along with President Obama, continue putting blame for the shutdown on the shoulders of the GOP.

"Because an ideological group in the house won't allow the speaker to bring up a bill to open the government,” Virginia Sen. Mark Warner says.

House Republicans have insisted budget bills be tied to limiting funding for the new health care law, a non-starter for democrats and the president.

"We are looking to reopen this government so we can see federal employees return to their jobs,” says Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, the House Majority leader.

Tuesday night, the House GOP brought up bills to fund the Veterans Affairs department, national parks, and the D.C. government.

Democrats rejected the piece-meal approach.

"By voting against these bills, House Democrats turned their back on our nation's veterans,” said Texas Rep. Roger Williams. “It is reprehensible to sit back and watch our veterans suffer."

Mikulski, however, said the entire government needs to reopen.