People of Rapid City react to the government shut down - KOTA Territory News

People of Rapid City react to the government shut down

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A funding fight in congress threatens to push the federal government into a partial shutdown for the first time in 17 years. Lawmakers have until midnight to reach a budget deal that would keep the government in full operation.

We hit the streets to find out what you think. Everyone we spoke to thinks that things should have never gotten this far.

John Hines says "I think it's what we elect them for is to pass legislation and they haven't done it, so they haven't done their job. They want to defund Obamacare, I think we should defund congress".

Debbie Stangle says "I think it's shameful, I think that if our legislature were children they would probably be sent to a corner until they learned to play better together"  

Adam Rennick says "I think it's unfortunate that we elected supposed adults that can't balance their check books, it would seem because they can't balance the government's"  

South Dakota's Republican U.S. Senator John Thune says "nobody wants a government shutdown, but Republicans also believe most Americans don't want ``Obamacare'' to take effect, either." He says he won't support a resolution to continue funding the government if it includes funding for the health care overhaul. Because of the likely government shutdown, this weekend's dinner with President Taft has been moved to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

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