Local reaction to government shutdown ending soon

by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis


No matter how the government shut down and debt ceiling debate finally play out, some Republicans say they've sent an import message.

That for the sake of the next generation, Congress needs to stop spending more than it takes in.

“The government should run their government as we run our household. We have no money to spend, so stop spending it,” said State Rep. Doreen Costa (R-RI).

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, “One of the big concerns in the debt limit debate is how it might trickle down and affect the average person in the economy.””

Some cautioned that defaulting on the debt would hurt retirement accounts; cut consumer spending; and,  damage the ability to get home mortgages.

Eric and Julie Letsche came to Providence from Seattle, hoping to visit the now closed Roger Williams National Memorial.

Both parties in Congress leave them frustrated.

“We have to work it out in so many different areas of business and life on a daily basis, families, whatever. And government can't seem to do what we have to do on a daily basis,” said Eric Letsche.

The new government funding will only last about three months, but local Members of Congress hope we can avoid another crisis then.

“I think the idea that Speaker Boehner wants to go down this path again, and that the moderate Republicans are going to let the Tea Party drag them down this path again, is virtually nil,” said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

Senator Whitehouse and Senator Jack Reed say they have assurances that all furloughed federal workers, will receive back pay.