The budget battle shows no signs of easing, with lawmakers from both parties suggesting that the partial government shutdown could last for weeks.

A sign shows that the World War II Memorial is closed during a government shutdown (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The shutdown was sparked by a fight over Republican efforts to kill or delay the new health care law, by inserting the measure in an emergency spending bill.

Now Republicans are proposing bills to keep open small slices of government, but Democrats are rejecting the idea.

Americans blast Congress for partial shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans frustrated over the partial government shutdown are taking to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to show their disgust with Congress.

Some people are calling Congress "immature," ''stupid" and "idiots" who need to "grow up."

But some folks are cheering on the Republican leadership's unwavering stance against President Barack Obama's health care plan.

GOP proposes reopening parts of govt

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (L), U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) (C) and U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) (R) speak to the media during a news conference on Capitol Hill (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Concern is rising across the country that a prolonged government shutdown would cause consumers to lose faith in the U.S. economy, and furloughed employees would stop spending.

That has business owners concerned. Don Davey, who owns 20 Firehouse Subs restaurants in Florida and Wisconsin says with the shutdown, some of his employees could be making less money as soon as next week.