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How Indiana’s Lawmakers Are Reacting To Government Shutdown

Most Republican legislators are blaming President Barack Obama, while Democrats are saying Republicans need to learn to compromise.

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Indiana's Congressional delegation is largely split down party lines when it comes to the budget and federal government shutdown.

With the federal government shutdown after Congress failed to agree to a budget Monday, members of Indiana’s congressional delegation are pointing fingers at their opposition.

The U.S. House continues to pass measures that would fund the government while delaying, for one year, the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act.  The Senate refuses to support such a move.

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly says Congress’ inability to work together is unacceptable, noting that a government shutdown hurts the economy and makes real people suffer. His Republican colleague Dan Coats criticized Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama for failing to support the Obamacare delay, accusing them of driving the country into a shutdown.

And Coats is not alone is laying blame at the feet of Reid and Obama.

House Republicans Marlin Stutzman, Susan Brooks, Luke Messer and Larry Bucshon all responded to the shutdown by criticizing Senate Democrats and the president for a failure of leadership and compromise.

Both Messer and Bucshon noted Obama was willing to negotiate with Iran’s president but not House Republicans.

Democratic Congressman Pete Visclosky called for reasonable compromise, saying he regrets some of his colleagues forgot to govern.

Only 9th District Republican Congressman Todd Young stood apart, saying now is not the time to point fingers. Young says he’s had encouraging conversations with Democratic lawmakers and calls on others to find middle ground.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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