WISCONSIN (WFRV) - Wisconsin lawmakers don't like the idea, but it appears highly unlikely an agreement will be reached to avoid a government shutdown before the midnight - Eastern time - deadline.
Just a few hours ago - the Republican-controlled House approved a government funding bill, that included a one-year delay of mandating individuals purchase health insurance and canceled federal subsidies for congressional members and their staff. It was sent on to the Democratic-controlled Senate and was voted down quickly - because it delayed the President's Affordable Care Act.
Simply put - Wisconsin lawmakers don't like what's taking place in Washington tonight. However they say they don't agree with many parts of the President's health care law. Republican U.S Representative Reid Ribble issued this statement "I continue to work to avoid a shutdown of the federal government. It would be harmful for Wisconsin and our national economy. However we should ask for fairness in Obamacare."
U.S. Representative Tom Petri, also a Republican, told us the Affordable Care Act needs to be revised. "The President has delayed a number of parts of it and I really think it's flawed legislation," said Rep. Petri. "That's why many of us have been voting against it and it seems for a number of reasons, people have dug their heels in."
But Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin, says all this uncertainty and bickering undermines the country's financial stability. Sen. Baldwin says it's time for House Republicans to stop playing political games.
"Continued threats by Congressional Republicans of a government shutdown and a government default are threatening our economic recovery,"said Sen. Baldwin. "They're threatening the hard work of Wisconsin families and small businesses that are moving our economy forward."
While it's likely Congress won't meet it's deadline, all lawmakers say they expect negotiations to continue late into the night, to find a way to avoid an extended government shutdown - as both sides search for a sensible conclusion to this political standoff.