West Virginia's representatives on Capitol Hill want to assure constituents they never meant for the current government shutdown to occur.
They urged leaders to come to a compromise quickly.
But, speaking with reporters on Wednesday, none of them were able to provide many details about when or how the shutdown would end.
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito said both political parties and both chambers of Congress share the blame.
She places more of the blame on the Senate, however.
"I never wanted it to come to this ... but we couldn't get the Senate to act," she said.
She said the upper chamber has failed to negotiate with the House, even as House members have tempered their proposals for changes to the Affordable Care Act.
Representatives originally called for defunding the law but now are asking that certain parts be removed or delayed. Capito said she would like Congress to repeal the law's medical device tax and delay penalties on uninsured Americans for one year.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has made it clear he would not make any concessions on the health care law, however.
"At the same time, there's a part of me that says, we have sent back similar messages," Capito said.
She said the House might not have made clear it was ready to work out a compromise.
"Everybody's dug in," she said. "People send us here to solve these problems. They don't send us here to bash our heads against a wall.
"Somebody is going to have to reach a hand across the aisle, either leadership in the House, the Senate or the president to try to find some compromise here."
There is some hope Congress might pass a so-called "clean" resolution, which would temporarily reopen the government, but include no cuts to the Affordable Care Act or anything else.
Such a resolution would not stop the debate over the budget and the Affordable Care Act. It would, however, allow the government to return to work while lawmakers work out a budget deal.
Capito said she might support such a resolution.
"I said early on that I didn't want to shut down government. The possibility of a five-, six- or seven-day extension would be something I would look at," she said.
She said the House currently does not have a "clean" resolution in the works, however.
Sen. Joe Manchin spoke on the Senate floor about noon Wednesday, urging his fellow members to come to an agreement
"It's not what I signed up for," he said of the shutdown. "I've always looked at public service as a chance to make things better."
Manchin reminded his colleagues the shutdown is completely self-inflicted.
"This is something we can control," he said.
Speaking to reporters in a conference call, Manchin said he hoped the shutdown would end on Wednesday but figures it probably will come to a close no later than Friday.
He sees three possible scenarios. In the best case, he said, Congress would end the shutdown immediately.
In the worst case, the debate over the budget would drag on into mid-October, when Congress also would be debating whether or not to raise the federal debt limit. That, in Manchin's opinion, would cause "irreversible harm" to the country's economy.
"I'm praying to God that cooler heads will prevail," Manchin said. "If we don't get this fixed quickly, God help us all."
Manchin said he did not want to blame anyone, but said Republicans should stop holding the budget hostage over the Affordable Care Act.