Frustrations Mount As Shutdown Enters 2nd Week

Frustrations Mount As Shutdown Enters 2nd Week

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As the government shutdown now enters its second week, Americans are fed up.

“Everything rises and falls on leadership and right now this country is being led by some pretty pitiful leaders,” said Martin Houston.

“They're not working for the people and i don't care which side of the aisle you are on, neither side is doing the job for the people,” said Michael Manigly.

There is plenty of blame to go around. According to a CNN poll most Americans call the shut down a major national crisis. 63 percent of Americans are upset at the way republicans are handling the situation. But it is not much better for democrats; 57 percent of Americans disapprove of their handling of the situation.

“I don't know why there needs to be so much disagreement. I don't know why there isn't an agreement and a consensus so I think it is a bit of a power play,” said Kristi Ludwig.

Neither side appears to want to blink. Monday the President and Speaker of the House pointed fingers at each other.

“My very strong suspicion is that there are enough votes and the reason speaker Boehner hasn't called a vote on it is because he doesn't apparently want to see the government shutdown end at the moment,” said President Obama.

“The president's refusal to negotiate is hurting our economy and putting our country at risk,” said Speaker John Boehner.

Local representatives say the debate comes down to dollars and cents.

“Some see a fight between republicans and democrats. I see a fight between those who are financially responsible and those who are not,” said Alabama Representative Mo Brooks.

“We think that we need to keep the government open and funded but we have also got to find a way to get this 17 trillion dollar debt under control and the only way to do it is to reduce spending her in Washington DC,” said Florida Representative Jeff Miller.

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