As the government shutdown entered day 14, Congressman Albio Sires (D-8) told NJ Today Managing Editor Mike Schneider that he believes the talks to reopen the government fully are moving in the right direction.
“I’m very optimist because finally these two sides are talking to each other. At one stretch there, they weren’t even looking at each other, let alone talk,” Sires said.
Sires said that he thinks that the two sides are getting close to making a deal but believes it will come from the Senate. He also said that it depends on how much the White House will give.
The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, has been a problem and Sires thinks that it is going to ultimately come back to that.
Sires said that the health care bill works in states like Kentucky but has glitches in states like New Jersey. He thinks time will tell if the program ultimately works. But he also says Republicans and Democrats need to get past that issue and work together to keep the government running.
“I never seen anything like this. People get behind their bunkers and they don’t want to stick their head out to look on the other side. Quite frankly, this is not the image that America should put out to the world. Here we are telling people around the world that we can’t work together. We are our worst enemy,” said Sires.