Congressman Jim Banks discusses moving forward after government shutdown

Congressman Jim Banks stopped by WFFT to talk about the government reopening after a three day shutdown.

Posted: Jan 24, 2018 10:36 PM
Updated: Jan 25, 2018 8:56 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Three days might not seem like a long time, but for that short span, some people were wondering what was going on among the people they trusted to put in office.

"They're supposed to go to Washington. They're supposed to legislate and work together and negotiate. I think they all forgot that process," Terri Amstutz said.

Some lawmakers are using the time away to listen to concerns of citizens to take back to Washington. For the most part, a shutdown wasn't something they had in mind, but Congressman Jim Banks sees it as a "wake up call."

"I don't think anybody wins in a government shutdown. That's why it's so disappointing to see how it can occur even for a short period of time. I think when we get back to work next week, we'll all come back with a different attitude. We have to get something done before the next deadline occurs," Banks said.

Some people in Fort Wayne were disappointed about the shutdown and instantly thought of people in the military, but Banks said if the troops are not getting paid, neither can he.

Rushaun Jamison said no one should have to go through this, especially people in the military.

"They shouldn't be left out just because the government decides to go on a three day vacation," Jamison said.

"In the House of Representatives, where I serve, we've done our job. We've passed full year appropriations bills, we passed the continuing resolution, but it got hung up in the senate with the very narrow 51 vote republican majority taking 60 votes to pass something, so that's where the breakdown occurred," he said.

Banks said even though it was a very short government shutdown, it wasn't good for the military. Now he's hoping both Democrats and Republicans will focus on getting something done, and that another shutdown doesn't happen.

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