September 18, 2014

Congressman sees some positive signs on ending government shutdown

Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley, a Democrat from Waterloo, says things aren’t moving now with the government shutdown, but there is some hope that will change. “We’re starting to see some positive signs, there are at least 14 House Republicans who now are willing to vote on a clean budget bill,” Braley says.

But, he’s not making any predictions on when the shutdown will end. “I don’t think anybody here can predict how long this shutdown is going to last,” Braley says. “I think that everyone is getting feedback from their constituents and clearly we’re getting feedback from people here in Washington that the American people are tired of partisan bickering. They want us to do our job, and our job right now is to pass a clean budget bill to keep the government running.”

Braley spoke with reporters on his weekly conference call. Some Congressmen has said they will not take a paycheck while the government is shut down and he was asked if he would still take his pay. “Well, the public is tired of these gotcha gimmicks. My focus is not on my own paycheck, my focus is on the paycheck of these furloughed employees at the Rock Island Arsenal, it’s on the thousand Iowa National Guard employees who are being furloughed. I want this impasse resolved immediately so that the harm to Iowa’s economy is stopped,” Braley replied.

Braley is running for the U.S. Senate in 2014, seeking the seat being left open by the retirement of Tom Harkin.