Chattanoogans React to Bi-Partisan Deal in Washington

Reported by: Bill Mitchell

Edited by: Ashley Henderson
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Updated: 10/17/2013 6:46 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WDEF) --You don't have to be an economist or an expert on constitutional law to know Congress backed away from a fiscal crisis Wednesday night.
We get local reaction to the compromise that let the nation avoid a default---although probably not for long.

Experts will tell us the bitterly-divided congress only did what it had to do.
Senators and house members headed home to answer some tough questions from voters, as the federal government re-opens parks and offices.
What do Chattanoogans think about the ending of the 16 day shutdown?

SEN BOB CORKER, (R) TENNESSEE "This will give us a framework to move our nation ahead without threatening default, without keeping the government shutdown and I think it is a very positive step."

Senator Bob Corker voted with the majority in breaking the deadlock.
So did Senator Lamar Alexander.
But congressmen Chuck Fleischmann and Scott Desjarlais joined 142 others in the house in opposing the stop-gap measure.

The partisan in-fighting left many lawmakers exhausted, and it also left many of their constituents back home disgusted and dismayed.

STUART JAMES, FORMER CHAIR, HAMILTON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY "Nothing was accomplished. All they did was delay the inevitable. They didn't pass a budget,people need to understand that...they didn't do anything permanent..they put it off for 90 days....and we're back at square one again."

MARK WEST, PRES. CHATTANOOGA TEA PARTY "What just happened is, the little guy lost...the American people, because so the big guys, the power-hungry people in Washington have chosen to ignore economics, and barge full speed ahead with borrowing another trillion dollars and who knows where it will end."

Polls show voter approval of congress....both parties is at an historic low.
Both are being blamed.
Many working people are understandably baffled by it all.

ANN MARIE IVEY, CHATTANOOGA "Well, husband does work for the government, he's been shut down and not drawing a paycheck for the last couple of weeks..I feel like the democrats are fighting against each other..not fighting each other but Obama is not working with them."

JAI RHODES, CHATTANOOGA "I think both sides had to compromise and give in a little bit...I don't think anyone is completely satisfied with the results."

By the cold light of dawn, the same problems are still there after 16 fruitless days.
Affordable health care and a long range budget problems may still be there next March.
But for now, the government can pay its bills.

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Daniel - 10/18/2013 8:55 AM
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The government cannot pay its bills. We owe over 16 Trillion dollars. We haven't been able to pay our bills since before Obama took office. Time to rid Washington of all those who voted for this "extension of the inevitable". After the next election (if the country lasts that long) it would be great to see all incumbents looking for new jobs!!
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