Federal Government Has Been Shutdown

There has been a local reaction to the federal government shutdown.

Democrats are saying Republicans, while controlling both chambers of Congress and the White House, fail to build an internal consensus.

Democratic Congressman for the 20th Congressional District, Paul Tonko, tells WGY it is just plain wrong.

"I don't want a shutdown, I don't stand for government shutdowns, I stand for doing the urgent, high priority needs for the people of this country, and that's not met in this current bill."

He adds that this is all on the Republicans.

"It's in their hands, really, and what they're determined to do here, if they can go forward and do, I think, a straightforward measure that will address the priorities of not only our region and our state, but the nation, we can get this done."

Republican leaders say Democrats were harming Americans to protect illegal immigrants.

Republican Congressman John Faso tells WGY shutting down the federal government over the Dreamers issue is not the right thing to do.

"I think there are a lot of Democrats and Republicans that want to come up with a bipartisan solution. The far left and the far right won't like it, but it's important to do, that being said, we still shouldn't shut down the government over this issue."

He adds that we need to protect those who were brought to this country as children.

"These are people that cannot draw down on food stamps, they cannot drawn down on medicaid, they're required to pay medicare taxes, they're required to pay social security taxes, these are people who are strengthening our economy, who deserve a pathway to citizenship."

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