"The House could act today to reopen the government and stop the harm this shutdown is causing to the economy and families across the country. The president remains hopeful that common sense will prevail." --The White House, in a written statement after a meeting among President Barack Obama and top congressional leaders that yielded no signs of progress.
"All we're asking for here is a discussion and fairness for the American people under Obamacare." -- House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, using the name Republicans often use for the 2010 law.
"This may be something that is a future requirement for the country, but it is not right now because when we identify a number, we give it to the FBI. When they get their probable cause, they can get the locational data." -- NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander, telling Congress his spy agency ran tests in 2010 and 2011 to see if it was technically possible to gather U.S. cell-site data, which can show where a cellphone user traveled.