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Government shutdown reaction from Washington

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After some scary moments in Washington, DC on Thursday, lawmakers were able to get back to work during the government shutdown.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence says he believes the government shutdown in Washington can be resolved if lawmakers would agree to repeal the medical device tax.

"I would suggest an opportunity for common ground between Congress and the White House is full repeal of the medical device tax. That would be a win for the American people and a win for jobs in Indiana for a long time," said the governor.

Eyewitness NEws asked lawmakers in Washington why a government shutdown was warranted.

Congressman Luke Messer said, "I know they try to say because Obamacare is the law; that somehow gives it justification but American history is littered with bad laws that have been changed."

Rep. Susan Brooks added, "To repeal it, defund it, they've asked us to do anything to change what the law of the land is."

Rep. Todd Rokita says closing down the government is nothing new.

"We are working within the system. You have to understand, Kevin, this is our constitutional duty as a representative, we hold the purse strings to decide what gets funded and what does not get funded in terms of our government," he said.

Another Indiana Republican representative Marlin Stutzman is not giving any interviews after saying Wednesday, "We're not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this, and I don't know what that even is."

Democrats quickly seized on that as a sign that House Republicans didn't know what they wanted. Stutzman later issued a retraction and retreated.

Governor Pence, on the other hand, took issue with a report in South Bend that said he said the shutdown was worthwhile.

"Let me be clear. I never said the government shutdown is worthwhile. I'm disappointed with the impasse reached in Washington, DC. I made a decision to continue to pay civilian workers for the Indiana National Guard so the people who serve those who serve in uniform will not have a disruption in their pay."

Some sentiment has been expressed that lawmakers should refuse their pay until this is all settled. All lawmakers we spoke with today say they are still at work so they should still get paid. We also placed calls to Hemocrats on the hill as well but were unsuccessful in making contact before airtime.

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