Government shutdown angers both sides of political spectrum in the Valley
Tue, 01 Oct 2013 23:57:11 GMT —
It TMs like a game of chicken, and it TMs the American people who are losing.
The government is closed because of the irrationality of what's going on the other side of the Capitol," said Senator Harry Reid, Democratic Majority Leader.
"The Democratic leaders in Congress finally have their prize, said Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican Minority Leader. A government shutdown that no one seems to want, but them.
Many people point the finger at the Tea Party; they want to delay the Affordable Care Act.
The Tea Party believes the government has gotten too large and they're taxing too much, said Jim Barnes, president of the McAllen Tea party. And according to the Supreme Court, Obamacare is just another tax.
Barnes wants to see politicians cut back on spending.
We got to address that 17 trillion dollar debt that we have. How are we going to bring that under control? he said. Because that is going to hurt your generation; it TMs going to hurt my grandkids and great grandkids."
But right now it TMs federal employees that may soon be feeling the effects of the government shutdown.
"We're basically on the job with no pay," said Chris Cabrera, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307.
Cabrera said Border Patrol Agents like himself are considered essential because they are part of national security, but he is unsure when he will get his next paycheck if the shutdown continues.
"We are a big part of the economy down here - not just border patrol, but also federal families - and to not get a paycheck is going to put a big damper on the local economy," Cabrera said.
Democrats want a clean bill with no riders that would keep Obamacare.
I think they should go ahead and let it go forward, and if they have problems with it, they can always amend the law, McAllen resident Anna Bruton said.