Posted at: 09/24/2013 11:43 PM
By: Jessica Layton
We've heard it before and we're hearing it again -- lawmakers are acting like children. At the playground that is the nation's capital, Rep. Paul Tonko says some congressional leaders are acting like school yard bullies.
"(They're) playing games here, political games, that are not going to be helpful," Tonko said.
Tonko is talking about House Republicans, who've come up with a way to avoid the government shutdown. They have a budget plan, but it comes with a catch -- it de-funds President Obama's health care plan.
"Regardless if you support health care or not, it's clear, it's not ready for implementation," said Rep. Chris Gibson.
For now, Gibson wants to lift the sequester and delay the implementation of the health care law until January 2015. He says it's the best bet at a compromise.
Tonko calls it political posturing.
Both men are fed up, saying Americans have a lot to lose if Uncle Sam can't pay the bills. A government shutdown would potentially stall services and payments to our veterans. IRS appeals could get tangled in the mess. So would payments to families of furloughed workers.
Most municipalities have emergency budget plans in place just in case. But towns and cities can't financially survive like that for long.
As Gibson and Tonko head from their districts back to Washington, the ball is in the Senate's court. The Senate takes a vote on the House bill Wednesday.
With all the gridlock going on, the next few days will be anything but a walk in the park.