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Rep. Neal: Congress Needs to Vote on a Clean Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WGGB) — Several units of the federal government have been shut down, over 800,000 employees have been furloughed, and the political wrangling continues in Washington over budget talks.

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is among those in Washington looking for a solution. He calls the shutdown “totally unnecessary” and “totally irresponsible.”

Neal also adds that the Congress should start clean, with a clean bill on the spending, and deal with any issues with Affordable Care Act separately.

ABC40′s Dave Madsen talked to Neal on ABC40 News at 5:30 p.m. about what is going on in Washington, and Neal also discusses that a more “serious issue” is looming with an October 17 deadline on the debt ceiling.

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  • alpinequeen

    It doesn’t matter how you feel about the Affordable Care Act but it was passed by Congress in 2009 and signed into law by President Obama. The Supreme Court decided it was constitutional in a 5 to 4 vote. The time to repeal or amend this law should have been done back in 2010, 2011, 2012 or earlier this year. We are being held hostage by a few renegade Republicans who have their own self interests at heart and the American people are now suffering for it.

  • neptune51

    Who’s suffering?

  • crime

    queen must be on welfare..as for the working class and business owners..they dont feel like getting raped by obama just to pay for his lack of brains…or if you turn muslum..you dont have to pay for insurance at all…obama already already passed this to his fellow muslums..

    • alpinequeen

      I stated a fact of how the Affordable Care Act came into being and how it should have been dealt with then, not with what is going on now. How do you get welfare and turning Muslim out of that? Or don’t you read before you write?