Citizens react to federal shutdown
Government closure creates hardships, anger among locals
The shutdown of the federal government has entered its second week, and there is still no end in sight. Republicans and Democrats continue to hold their ground, each blaming the other and not showing any willingness to negotiate.
In the wake of the ongoing crisis, citizens and public officials around the area are expressing a variety of viewpoints on the situation and, in some cases, becoming alarmed.
As the impasse in Washington, D.C., continues to boil, the Hillsboro Tribune spoke at random to a handful of residents in Hillsboro and Forest Grove and a visiting elected official Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown was at Pacific University in Forest Grove on Monday to get their thoughts on the shutdown and its impacts.
Oregon Secretary of State
This is going to have an impact on Oregons economy theres no other way to say it. This cannot go on. This is absolutely unacceptable. If the president blinks now, this hostage-taking will happen over and over again. Congress needs to pass the continuing resolution. Figure it out, you guys.
U.S. Forest Service employee
Cle Elum, Wash.
Ive been furloughed, and the guys on my crew are in the same boat. We dont know when well get back to work. It has impacted a lot of people. Its unnecessary. I think both sides are being stubborn. They are not willing to compromise.
Owner, Vics Guitar Cave
I am a conservative, but I dont like whats going on. When I look at that $17 trillion, $18 trillion debt, Id go independent in a heartbeat if they dont straighten that out. But the man in the White House, when he points his finger, there are three fingers pointing back at him.
Administrative specialist, Washington County Veterans Services
I work at a government job tied to the federal government, and the work were doing has come to a standstill. So many people are worried, and their claims are on hold. People are living day to day and have nowhere else to turn. The Republicans usually get blamed, but on this, both parties are at fault.
The Republican Party holds the most responsibility for the shutdown. I live on a disability paycheck, and I know how important it is. This is a political power play. Its a shame were the only industrialized country that didnt provide health care for all our citizens. It would benefit the country if we did have health care, and it was shown it could help lower the deficit.
Congress has no problem shutting down the government, but theyre still getting paid. They want to criticize President Obama about Obamacare, but they have insurance. I have no respect for Congress right now. Its a bunch of stupid children pointing fingers at each other. Thats not what they are getting paid for. If they cant figure this out, get them out of there and start over.
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