LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The federal government shutdown for the first time in 17 years Tuesday morning.
U.S. Representative Todd Rokita said it was what Hoosiers told him to do back in August.
"We had twelve town hall meetings, with over 2,500 Hoosiers at them," Rokita said. "Since then, the emails and calls we've been getting have all said take all said take a stand against what is a bad law, Obamacare."
According to Rokita, he and his Republican co-workers are waiting for the other side to come get the government up and running.
"When you have serious disagreements, the way out of them is to talk, to negotiate," said Rokita. "I don't understand, if this is that serious, why sitting down at a conference and talking is so unimaginable by the president."
"Really, our next challenge is the next two and a half weeks and the debt ceiling," said Managing Partner of Financial Enhancement Group Joe Clark.
Clark said the debt ceiling is how the government figures out how to pay its bills. He said the U.S. discusses the budget and debt ceiling six to nine months apart.
"We're going to pay our bills," Clark said. "Just like you would if you were at home. You've got bills, you may not like them, you may not agree on where the money was spent, but you're going to figure out how to pay them. That's the debt ceiling, we're going to get that done."
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