HOUSTON, TX – The government shutdown saga continues, and lawmakers in Washington appear no closer to reaching an agreement.
People all over the nation aren’t getting paid, and here at home, many are feeling the crunch.
Clifton Buchanan works at the prison in downtown Houston, and the shutdown has him working for free.
“It affects us because we’re required, as law enforcement officers, to come to work even though we will not be getting paid,” he said. “It just doesn’t make sense that we’re having to go without pay and many of us will be behind and will not be able to fill our financial obligations.”
Yeah, rough stuff.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went after House Speaker John Boehner for not allowing the House to vote on a spending bill that excludes changes to Obamacare.
“John Boehner knows that this would pass overwhelmingly if he would let the Democrats vote on it,” Reid said. “The speaker needs to be more concerned about our country.”
And as the clock continues to tick, Boehner had some harsh words for President Obama and congressional Democrats.
“This isn’t some damn game! The American people don’t want their government shut down and neither do I,” Boehner said. “All we’re asking for is to sit down and have a discussion, and to re-open the government and bring fairness to the American people under Obamacare. It is as simple as that.”
We wish it really was that simple.
Thursday a microphone caught two Republican senators claiming they can win the debate.
It was a private conversation between Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul, and it appears neither senator knew they were being recorded.
“I know we don’t want to be here,” Paul whispered to McConnell, “But we’re going to win this, I think.”
So where does that leave us? At a stalemate. The countdown is on. Time to make some moves. Come on, government, we’re counting on you.