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Government shutdown frustrates Capital Region residents


ALBANY, N.Y. --It's only the first day of the government shutdown, and an overwhelming majority of Americans are sick of the stalemate and demanding compromise – or major change.

The government shutdown is approaching its second day as hundreds of thousands of workers have been furloughed – and some services suspended.

And while some cuts have been made, members of Congress continue to get their paycheck.

NEWS10 ABC took these concerns to elected officials.

Congressman Chris Gibson says he's asked for his pay to be withheld and gave us a statement saying, "When the result is dysfunctional government, Members in both parties do not deserve to receive their paycheck." 

While it was tough to find people who thought the gridlock was acceptable, some think it might be the only option left to curb the country's spending.

Congressman Paul Tonko says it's unacceptable to use a shutdown as a bargaining chip. 

"When you do something over and over again and expect different results , that's the definition of insanity," he said.

Tonko says he hopes congress will consider what he considers a legitimate agenda tomorrow – one that could end the shutdown.  

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