Local reaction to government shutdown

It came down to a lot of behind the scenes scrambling, a late night vote and harsh words from both senate leaders. And the result, Senators fail to come to an agreement to avoid a federal government shutdown.

The U.S. government officially shut down, despite last-minute negotiations that played out during a critical vote on the senate floor.

Democrats held firm in their demands for a fix on the policy protecting undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children. And some republicans worried about leaving government workers in the lurch.

We spoke to local representatives from both sides of the aisle, who fault the other party for the shutdown.

Sen. Mike Azinger (R-Wood County) says, "I think the main lesson to take from this is basically that Donald Trump is trying to get the government funded with a continued resolution. The democrats in the senate shut the government down just basically because they're upset they're mad because trump ending DACA.

And the Wood County Democratic Chairwoman, Judy Stephens, released the following statement.

“We are sad that the republican party, which has control of the house, the senate and the white house, failed to pass a spending bill to keep the federal government open. Especially troubling is the failure of senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and four other senate republicans to vote for the resolution. A government shutdown not only threatens our national security, it throws our economy, and all of us as citizens, into chaos. Our military families, federal employees, and all others whose lives will be disrupted by this shutdown are in our thoughts."

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell says he will keep senators in Washington over the weekend to reach a deal to fund the government.



 
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