WASHINGTON, D.C., (WHNT) — This week in Washington D.C. was a frustrating one that resounded throughout the entire nation.
The big question in Washington on Monday was ‘will they or won’t they?’. As the clock ticked down to the end of the fiscal year, neither side showed signs of compromise. Representative Tom Price, (R) Georgia, points fingers at the Democrats. “The folks that won’t compromise are the President of the United States, Harry Reid and Mrs. Pelosi.”
Senator Barbara Boxer. (D) California, says arguing over the President’s healthcare plan won’t change anything. “A government shutdown does not stop the Affordable Care Act.”
The Affordable Care Act, at the center of the stalemate, did open enrollment as planned on Tuesday.
Failure to pass a budget brought the nation’s first government shutdown in 17 years, and the work week to a screeching halt for more than 800 thousand furloughed federal workers.
The President, in remarks to mark a big day for his healthcare plan, told House Republicans to curb the drama. “It is a drag on the economy. It is not worthy of this country,” President Obama said.
Meanwhile, some furloughed employees found the Nation’s capital welcoming them with open arms, and free food. With the museums of the Smithsonian closed, tourists sought out other free things to do.
Thursday brought word that the President would cancel a trip to Asia because of the crisis, and by Friday acknowledgement there will be no real winners, regardless of the outcome.
House Speaker John Boehner admonished his counterparts. “This isn’t some damn game! The American people don’t want their government shut down and neither do I.”
As the debate becomes wrapped up in the debt ceiling discussion it becomes even more complicated to resolve, given how much is at stake.