ALBANY, N.Y. - Congressman Paul Tonko says he is fed up and wants a resolution to the shutdown; He stopped and spoke with NEWS10 ABC on Monday before getting on a train and heading back to Washington DC.
Monday marks the 14th day of the government shutdown, and this week the dangers associated with it are heightened. The deadline for raising the nation's debt ceiling is on Thursday, and If Congress doesn't do it, the country risks defaulting on its bonds.
Tonko is calling on House Speaker Boehner to act, not merely represent the interests of the republicans, but of the entire House. He says the shutdown has had an effect on the Capital Region, acknowledging that he's received many calls from angry constituents.
Tonko tells NEWS10 ABC it's meant lost revenue and has left families in a tough situation.
"The discomfort that comes as a member of a legislative body is that with 435 different approaches and opinions," Tonko said. "I tell them we're working our hardest to convince people to do a clean [continuing resolution]." A continuing resolution would continue to fund the government.
Congressman Chris Gibson also tells NEWS10 Monday that he is fed up; actually going against some republicans to create a resolution. Gibson ran as a Tea Party Republican, but instead of pointing the finger just at the Democrats, he says his leadership has also been part of the problem.
As negotiations continue, programs like the JC Club in Albany which helps feed low income kids in the area are the ones struggling to bridge the gap in funds that's been created by this government shutdown.
It's a program that Pastor Charlie says is subsidized by the federal government and since the shutdown started 14 days ago. The $3.40 he receives per meal has stopped coming in. To make matters worse -- Pastor Charlie says the Feds still haven't reimbursed him for his summer meals program.