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Area lawmakers weigh in on shutdown and the Affordable Care Act


One of the sticking points in this government battle has been funding for the Affordable Care Act.

Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns says that should never have been an issue.

He says the continuing resolution cannot be used to stop mandatory spending, which is what the ACA is.

So, with the government shut down and the ACA in full swing, he says now is the time to come to the table and negotiate.

"I personally believe that a shutdown is the failure and everybody's to blame. It's time we stop creating problems and promising people things that cannot be delivered. It's time that we're honest with ourselves and honest with the American people. We have to find a solution," Sen. Mike Johanns (R) Nebraska said.

The only way Johanns says the ACA can be defunded is by repeal the law.

However, he says the math is obvious and there aren't enough votes to make this happen.

Iowa Congressman Steve King is sounding a similar tone.

The Republican told CNN this morning that it's time for cooler heads to prevail and work together.

"That means the president needs to come to the table. Harry Reid needs to come to the table. We're looking for a solution. We're having meetings discussing that. But if the other side refuses to negotiate, then there's really nothing that can be done except to continue to offer to negotiate and we'll be in this town 'till this is resolved. I don't think anybody's going home here in Congress," Rep. Steve King, Iowa (R) said. 

Meanwhile, the Democratic party has already passed a bill with a continuing resolution to the government shutdown.

Iowa Senator Tom Harkin is challenging House Speaker John Boehner to put that bill to a vote.

"Mr. Boehner, all you have to do to end this whole thing is bring that bill on the floor. You don't even have to vote for it. Congressman Boehner doesn't have to vote for it. Just throw it out, and I'll bet you enough moderate Republicans and Democrats will vote to pass it. I challenge him. Let's bring it out, see what happens. That's the way to end this debacle. Right now," Senator Tom Harkin, Iowa (D) said. 

Friday Senate lawmakers will take the morning to discuss the government shut down.

Each senator will be given to speak for about 10 minutes.

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