(Memphis) Some offices at the federal building in Memphis are dark as non-essential employees are furloughed and not getting paid during the government shutdown.
It’s all because Congress couldn’t come to an agreement on the budget before midnight, the beginning of the new fiscal year.
Memphian Kelvin Hinton points fingers at both democrats *and republicans over the government shutdown.
“All of it is tied to big banks, big corporate money, and it’s all just political grandstanding,” said Hinton.
Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn vows the government will stay shut down until the senate approves changes to the Affordable Healthcare Act, also known as Obamacare because it`s already tripled in size and cost.
“As we have looked at how we fund the government and pay the bills it just make sense to go ahead and deal with the issues that surrounds Obamacare also,” said Blackburn.
Voter Rubel Yopp agrees believing the shutdown can be a good thing because he believes spending is out of control and the Affordable Healthcare Act will only make it worse.
“They have to do something. We can’t keep going into debt the way we are,” said Yobb.
Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen says his party has already cut millions to compromise with Republicans, and they’re the ones behind the dysfunction.
“Never before has the continuing budget or spending power been conditioned on gutting an entire major law,” said Cohen.
The longest government shutdown was in the mid-90s for 21 days.
WREG’s political commentator Otis Sanford says many politicians were voted out by people angry over the shutdown.
“People don’t forget. Especially when you do this kind of damage to the economy and to someone’s pocket book,” said Sanford.