Nolan, Duffy Weigh In On Shutdown Showdown

Posted at: 10/01/2013 5:52 PM
Updated at: 10/01/2013 11:43 PM
By: Laurie Stribling

Related Story: Full Breakdown of Shutdown Impacts

The shutdown showdown hits close to home in the Northland with congressmen on both sides of the issue.

Minnesota's Congressman Rick Nolan and Wisconsin's Congressman Sean Duffy have drastically different views on how to solve the budget crisis. We asked both lawmakers about the big sticking point, the Affordable Care Act, and whether they were willing to back down.

"The Senate is not going to pass a delay of the Affordable Care Act," Nolan said. "The President isn't going to sign it. That's just not going to happen."

"I want to keep a government that's open and functioning, but also want to make sure we have a health care reform package that works for everybody," Duffy said.

The question is, do people in the Northland support these ideas? Both representatives shared what they have heard.

"I think there is people on both sides of the isle," Duffy said. "Passions run high, but people want government to work; they want the government to be open. Also I got to tell you this, there are people that are concerned about Obamacare as well."

"I would say the calls are running overwhelming in support of not shutting the government down over Obamacare, even among some of those people who oppose Obamacare," Nolan said.

Duffy said he asked for his pay to be withheld during this shutdown. Nolan said he'll donate a portion of his pay to Minnesota charities.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar also says that the Washington lawmakers should not be getting paid, posting to her Facebook page,

"...that's why I'm giving my pay during the shutdown to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. Lifesaving NIH medical research is being slashed during the shutdown, including clinical trials for kids with cancer, and it's just one reason the House needs to stop this irresponsible gamesmanship and pass the straightforward Senate bill to get the government open so we can focus on the work of the American people."

Meanwhile, many federal workers in the region are not getting paid.