Two local congressmen from both sides of the aisle illustrated just how far apart Democrats and Republicans are when it comes to ending the federal government shutdown. 13th District Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan on the Ray Horner Morning Show on 1590 WAKR said Obamacare and the federal budget are being held hostage by Tea Party Republicans.
"There's really nothing to compromise on. This is just about funding the government, you know. And now they're saying we'll fund this part of the government, no let's just fund the entire government," said Ryan.
Ryan says the current impasse comes from the Tea Party elements of the Republican Party. "There is a group of people, I'll tell you there's 30 or 40 or maybe 50 of them in The House Of Representatives that actually are giddy that they were able to shut the government down."
But 16th District Republican congressman Jim Renacci accused the President and Senate Majority leader of refusing to negotiate to get the government running again. "It seems like Harry Reid has really dug in, and the President of course, as we saw yesterday, says he's not willing to negotiate. And you have to realize in my business world and in our family life, and anything we do we always have to finally negotiate."
He accused the Democrats of refusing to negotiate anything. "This has now become we're not going to change anything in the President's health care bill, and you know as well as I do that changes eventually will have to be made to a 24-hundred page bill," said Renacci.
Jim Renacci says it was never the intention of the Republicans in the House to shut down the federal government.
Neither Ryan nor Renacci is optimistic the stalemate will end soon.