Tampa Bay lawmakers look for compromise to end government shutdown
No deal to end government shutdown
11:02 PM, Oct 3, 2013
TAMPA - While Capitol Hill remained in gridlock with no positive negotiations to end the government shutdown, there were signs that some republicans might be willing to compromise to reach a deal with democrats.
The Tampa Bay area representative with the most seniority in congress, C.W. "Bill" Young (R) St. Petersburg, issued a statement indicating he was in favor of moving past the hardline position his party leadership has taken during the negotiations.
"The time for politics is over," Young said. "Let's get on to legislating and the hard work of tackling our $17 trillion debt."
Rep. Dennis Ross, (R) Lakeland, said he was concerned that a long term stalemate might hurt the GOP, and that Obamacare will fail anyway as bad policy.
Rep. Tom Rooney, who's district encompasses parts of Highlands, Polk, Hillsborough, Manatee, and Hardee counties, said he would not accept a paycheck from the government during the shutdown. The republican's staff said if America had elected Mitt Romney instead of Barack Obama, there might have been a better chance of overturning the Affordable Care Act.
In Washington, President Obama clearly pointed to House Speaker John Boehner as the key to ending the shutdown stalemate.
"The only thing that's preventing all that from happening, right now, today, in the next five minutes, is that speaker John Boehner won't even let the bill get a yes or no vote," Obama said.
Boehner said the president showed no interest in negotiating with regard to the Affordable Care Act, and thus the process shut down.
"All we're asking for here is a discussion, and fairness for the American people under Obamacare," Boehner said.
Still, there were several republicans and democrats who held joint news conferences calling for a solution to the government impasse.
"We're all tired of the brinkmanship and the showmanship and all the drama and the theatrics," said Rep. Charlie Dent, (R ) Pennsylvania. "We want to get on with the business of government. We have a responsibility," Dent said.