Siouxland Lawmakers Respond to Govt. Shutdown

We're two days into the federal government shutdown and we've heard the positions of some of the top people in Congress about the shutdown.

Now, some of our Siouxland Congressmen and Senators respond to the federal shutdown and the Affordable Care Act.

But, many Siouxland lawmakers are out office or running with a skeleton crew, as Senator Grassley commented on his Facebook page earlier this week.

And with the gridlock still having a tight hold on the Capitol, the shutdown may be awhile.

"This is like the movie 'High Noon.' The two sides are walking down the street. I just hope that, like the movie 'High Noon,' I hope the good guys win," said Sen. Tom Harkin, last Friday.

Those were Harkin's words pending what is now an official government shutdown.

When we called Senator Harkin's office for further comment, it was closed; however, others are still clocking in.

"We aren't like some Democrat senators that have the sign on their door-- closed for business because of the shutdown," said Sen. Chuck Grassley.

Closed or open, the question remains how long the government will remain unfunded and every day Americans will go without daily government functions.

When asked about whether lawmakers consider Americans like those affected by WIC's closing this was Senator Grassley's initial answer.

"The answer is yes... okay next question," he responded.

After further questioning, he elaborated.

"You asked me if that's being discussed. Of course. Everybody that's involved in the shutdown of government knows specifically which programs are being affected," said Grassley.

At the center of the shutdown remains the Affordable Care Act. Its marketplace for insurance went live Tuesday with high demand. Even so, many legislators say they're skeptical of the program and won't fund it or the government.

"There are some 300 businesses who have said that they are going to reduce the size of their workforce or not hire people that they otherwise might hire as a results of the impact of Obamacare," said John Thune, South Dakota senator.

Now negotiation is the name of the game in Washington, while Siouxland waits for its legislators to act.

Chances of a compromise remain slim and Siouxland lawmakers are among the legislators who are divided on the shutdown.

But in a statement, Congressman King said, "We want a resolution reflective of the needs and priorities of the American people." OR