The hot topic this week has been the partial government shutdown and its impact a variety of services that are provided by the government.
Congressman Doug Collins (GA-9) told WSGC news that the U.S. House of Representatives have passed several pieces of legislation to help get the government back up and running, but he says the senate is refusing to sit down and negotiate.
“The Senate Democrats have refused to negotiate or even procedurally tabled the bills, they didn’t even have the decency to take up the bill and deal with”, explained Collins. “Harry Reid would much rather have a government shutdown than negotiate with Republicans in the house.”
The main issue that drove the government to a partial shutdown is the Affordable Care Act, which Collins says continues to be the main issue keeping the government from operating at full capacity.
“That is still one of the issues, the Non-Affordable Care Act is a problem, and even though it has started up on Tuesday there are still issues we think we can deal with”, said Collins. “Parts of it have been put off, changed, and exempted by this administration to where it’s not fair, it’s not equal, and it’s not affordable.”
Collins said he continues to remain optimistic that a common ground can be found on the issue.
Addressing his constituents in the 9th congressional district, Collins had a real simple message.
“Hang in there. My office has furloughed about 2/3rds of our staff, we understand what is going on and we are doing our best to try and get back to what Congress is supposed to do”, said Collins. “We’re doing the best we can, it may not be optimal, which I believe its not, but we are working hard to try and resolve the situation.”
With the debt ceiling issue also on the horizon, Collins feels that everything should be pushed through and hopefully resolved within the next week.