Elkhart County delegation to Washington express dismay over shutdown

Elkhart County's delegation to Washington, D.C., reacts to the government shutdown.
Posted on Oct. 1, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Oct. 1, 2013 at 11:57 a.m.

Members of Elkhart County’s delegation to Washington, D.C., are reacting with varying expressions of dismay over the federal government shutdown.

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, a Republican from the Elkhart area, expressed support for a measure that keeps members of Congress from getting paid while the shutdown is in effect, the Government Shutdown Fairness Act.

“The concept is simple. If lawmakers cannot work together and get the job done for the sake of the American people, then we should not get paid,” Walorski said in a press release Tuesday, Oct. 1, soon after the shutdown went in effect.

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat, suggested the shutdown is indicative of disregard for the concerns of rank-and-file Americans.

“The economy suffers, people looking for work suffer, and countless families, business owners and farmers simply seeking responsible behavior from the people they elected suffer,” Donnelly said in a statement shortly after midnight Tuesday. “This is unacceptable, and we must do better.”

GOP lawmakers in the House have pushed for the dismantling of Obamacare within any continuing federal spending resolution. Democrats in the Senate have turned back the efforts — also criticized by Obama — and the sides have been unable to reach compromise on a spending proposal, which led to the government shutdown.

It is “deeply frustrating” that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Obama opposed a Senate proposal to delay Obamacare’s implementation ”and are driving us into a government shutdown,” Coats said in a statement Monday night as the shutdown loomed, alluding to one of the continuing resolution proposals that was turned back. “I will continue to work with my colleagues to find a solution so we can focus on restoring our fiscal health and growing the economy.”

Coats, also an Obamacare foe, used the shutdown to blast Obama’s leadership.

“President Obama’s repeated unwillingness to work with Congress has resulted in an ineffective government with a dangerous pattern of careening from crisis to crisis,” he said. “This is no way to run a country.”

In her statement, Walorski remained adamant about her opposition to Obamacare, the overhaul of the federal health care system. “I remain focused on a common sense plan to responsibly fund the government and dismantle Obamacare — providing essential services for our seniors, veterans and hardworking families,” she said.

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