Republicans tried compromise, but turned down by Sen. Reid

To the editor:

For the first time in 17 years, the federal government has been shut down. However, it didn’t have to come to this. The House of Representatives passed not one, not two, but three responsible, bipartisan bills that would have continued to fund the government, delay the Obamacare individual mandate for one year and repeal the medical device tax. This should have been a solution that could have found common ground between both sides and the government could have remained open for business.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., just could not let that happen. Instead of coming to the negotiating table to talk out the differences, he refused to negotiate and, in effect, shut down the government. Where was President Obama during all of this? He was on the sideline encouraging Sen. Reid and stating that he would not negotiate with Congress. He won’t negotiate with Congress, but yet he is more than eager to have a sit-down, face-to-face meeting with the new president of Iran. The liberals can talk about compromise all they want, but their actions speak louder than their words.

The only “good” news out of this is that many essential services will stay open. Social Security and unemployment checks will still go out. Medicaid and Medicare will remain operational and thanks to House Republicans, the military personnel will still receive their paychecks. Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., has been fighting for fairness for all Hoosiers in the House and he has requested that his pay be withheld until the shutdown is over. The House did its job and worked through the weekend to try to avoid a government shutdown. It is time for the Senate to act.

—Ryan Schuetter

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