The Republicans are way too timid. The federal government needs permanent partial shut-down and Republicans should be drafting a plan to make that happen. One never makes gains by making timid demands of the opposition. Start by planning how to eliminate about ten of the fifteen Executive Departments, leaving perhaps only Defense, State, Justice, Treasury and Interior. It would be necessary to eliminate or phase out most of the laws and regulations currently administered by those agencies. Any legitimate functions could be transferred to Interior after selling off all western Federal lands and US Parks. Veterans Affairs could be transferred to Defense. In short, Republicans need to scare the hell out of Democrats or they will not budge.