The Washington Times - October 7, 2013, 12:35PM

Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn has a new take on the tit for tat roiling Washington these days as the government shutdown enters its second week.

Mr. Cornyn, Texas Republican, said the Obama administration not only thinks it is “winning” the public debate over the shutdown — a jab concerning anonymous comments from the White House last week — but it can hide the ball when it comes to government spending.


“The Congressional Budget Office won’t publish reports due to lapse of funds,” Mr. Cornyn said on his Facebook page. “Guess the WH thinks no news on fiscal matters is good news.”

The quip is emblematic of the back-and-forth on Capitol Hill that shows no signs of stopping as Congress also deals with the limit on government borrowing.

Much of the public discourse has focused on laying blame for the government shutdown, with few signs either side is about to cave to the demands of their political rivals.

Senate Democrats want House Republicans to pass a “clean” resolution that funds the government, while GOP leaders insist they should get some concessions — particularly cutbacks to Mr. Obama’s health care law — before moving forward.