BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The fact that lawmakers are getting paid during the government shutdown is infuriating to a lot of people. Taxpayers in western New York are not shy about sharing their opinions on the matter. Workers in downtown Buffalo say compromise needs to happen, because America is hurting.
“I think it’s irresponsible and stupid,” said one person downtown on Wednesday.
For some western New Yorkers, the impact of the shutdown isn’t minor. For some, it hits home.
Phillip Dabney said, “My cousin works for the government, I know that it does have an effect on him. So that has an effect on all of us.”
It looks like there is no compromise on the horizon yet. Tuesday night the House tried introducing three bills to run parts of the government. Democrats stood firm saying, "all or nothing."
Richard Malone was downtown Wednesday and said, “People have to work to make a living, so what can’t you come to some kind of compromise?”
The main issue of contention for some Republicans is Obamacare, but the very thing that is causing this gridlock has already rolled out.
Malone said, “It’s already being implemented, so why sit there and debate about something that is already happening.”
Overall, what each person News 4 spoke to wants is for Congress to work together and get this figured out.
Dabney said, “Do what you have been elected to do, and it’s beyond your R for Republicans or D for Democrats, it’s your responsibility to people at large.”
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Viewers sent in photos from the snowfall around western New York.
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