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Apr 8, 2011 9:08 PM by Danielle Lerner

Local representatives react to looming government shutdown

As the stalemate continues, Congresswoman Lois Capps says the republicans' ideologies are holding things up.

"The use of birth control pills if you will, is shutting down the government, it's unbelievable to me," Capps said.

She says federal funding for Planned Parenthood remains a sticking point, but Congressman Kevin McCarthy says it is all about dollars and cents.

"This is just about discretionary spending, which was increased in the last three years by 83 percent, we're borrowing 40 cents out of every dollar," McCarthy said.

The consequences of a shut down would be felt across the country and right here on the Central Coast.

"When it comes to the president wanting to veto funding of our troops, the only thing I can say is shame on you," said McCarthy.

"Concerns about people who are on fixed incomes and depend upon their social security checks for example, or their disability payment or their veterans benefit," said Capps.

It is still not clear what jobs or checks would be frozen, but as the countdown continues both sides say compromise is the key.

"Both sides have to give, and we see quite a few folks who have made no bones about the fact that they want 100 percent of what they asked for in the beginning," said Capps.

"We've got to make sure we get this government running, but actually run like a business and a household," McCarthy said. "That it actually has a budget and lives within its means."

Both representatives agree that members of congress should not be paid should the government shut down. They also say they are receiving a lot of calls from concerned constituents.

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