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Straight Talk: Rep. Bill Long on Budget Stalemate

WASHINGTON, DC -- Whenever we get the chance, we invite our local lawmakers to join us for a segment we call "Straight Talk." Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo) joins us live from Washington tonight to discuss chances for ending the government shutdown stalemate.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Whenever we get the chance, we invite our local lawmakers to join us for a segment we call "Straight Talk." Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo) joins us live from Washington tonight to discuss chances for ending the government shutdown stalemate.


Democrats have a stopgap bill that would reopen the government - as long as there are no strings attached. House Speaker John Boehner says there are not enough votes in the house to pass that kind of bill. He wants to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, but Boehner wants to get some concessions from Democrats on deficit reductions. 

One thing that has changed in the shutdown involves furloughed workers. Most of Fort Leonard Wood's civilian employees were called back to work today.  Plus, Department of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recalled most of his employees because they contribute to the morale and readiness of service members.  Lawmakers also passed a bill allowing furloughed workers to be paid for this time off.


On our "Straight Talk" segment, Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo) joins us live from Washington tonight. (watch the video above to see Rep. Long's answers to our questions)   Thanks for joining us, Congressman. We are one week into the shutdown... And while some workers are being called back, the stalemate continues between Republicans and Democrats... What's it going to take to find a solution?

Republicans still seem very focused on the Affordable Care Act- how do you answer critics who say "it s already the law, just let it go and get the government running again"? 

The other looming problem is the deadline regarding the debt ceiling. The Treasury Secretary has said if Congress fails to raise the debt limit by mid October, we could end up in another recession. I want to play for you and interview with an economist who agrees with that.  Mark Zandi/economist."If lawmakers don t get it together by October 17th it s going to be a collision, an economic collision that s going to wreck our economy so this is a problem." "it s a game of chicken and with each passing day this is going to get more anxious for stock investors."
What solution do you see for that?


You ran for Congress on the platform of being "fed up" with how government works. Do you suppose some taxpayers are fed up with how lawmakers are running things?
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