Lawmakers and Residents Sound Off Against Shutdown
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on October 03, 2013 @ 9:32AM
Created on October 02, 2013 @ 6:05PM
Many Americans aren't too happy with the House and Senate this week. The House's 10% approval rating is proof of that, and so is the anger vented by Americans in DC.
But what do the lawmakers who stand on the proverbial battleground have to say about all this discontent?
5 News was able to get in touch with Republican David McKinley's office on Wednesday to find out how he and his party view the shutdown, and what they're planning to do about it.
The Congressman has said that "Republicans are still waiting to negotiate" and are "ready to open the government." However, Democrats just do not want to agree to the terms set down by Republicans, which include de-funding and delaying the Affordable Care Act. McKinley assures that House Republicans remain committed to ending the shutdown and protecting the American people from Obamacare.
However, McKinley released a statement Wednesday that said, "When the Republicans pushed for a bipartisan committee to begin negotiations to end this government shutdown, Harry Reid and the Democratic-controlled Senate slammed the door and locked it on re-opening the government by refusing to talk."
He has said previously that the House is doing its part and now it's time for the Senate to act responsibly.
Local residents are unhappy with the shutdown. They're wondering just how long this mess will last, and are coming up with some solutions of their own.
"It sucks," said Judy Johnston. "The Republicans is doing it. If they would try to compromise, you know, and work together, they could get it settled."
"Let's start with the president, maybe we should cut his salary. And how about those representatives, the congressmen? I think we should reduce their salaries. And how about Senators? Maybe we should reduce their salaries too," suggested Terry Diehl of Bedford, Pa.
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