While some public opinion polls show that the American people blame Republicans in Congress for the federal government shutdown, today a Kansas Republican criticized the president.
A Gallup poll today (www.gallup.com/home.aspx) was showing the president’s approval at 45 percent and disapproval rate at 48 percent. Several days ago, a Gallup poll found more Americans, 40 percent, thought the president was acting more responsibly than thought Republicans in Congress were acting more responsibly (35 percent), with most responses following the respondents’ party affiliations.
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., spoke on the Senate floor today about the path forward toward ending the government shutdown..
Sen. Moran also spoke about the scheduled meeting between President Obama and Senate and House leadership this afternoon, and called on the President and Senate Democrats to abandon their refusal to negotiate on the Affordable Care Act.
“It’s time for the Senate to function. It’s time for us, as individual senators, to provide the leadership [necessary] to resolve our problems… We desperately need leadership from a president. And while I have serious policy and philosophical disagreements with President Obama, my greatest complaint about his presidency is his lack of leadership.”
Elected Kansas Republicans seemed to toe their party’s line. The vote Sept. 30 in the House was largely along party lines.
A statement from Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., on Oct. 1 blamed Democrats.
“No one wants a government shutdown,” Roberts said in his news release. “In the past 72 hours, Republicans have offered up three different solutions to give the American people what they want -- a government that works for the people and protection from the health care law that is hurting patients and the economy.
“The Senate Democrats have not considered a single one of these solutions,” Roberts stated.
On Tuesday, Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-3rd Dist., said he advocated a compromise.
“It’s heartbreaking that Congress could not get its work done on time to keep the federal government open and running. Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle worked late into the night, and we’re working again today to try to arrive at a solution that resolves our differences and opens the government quickly. Closing the federal government is simply unacceptable.”
Yoder voted with the 229 House Republicans on Sept. 30 for a measure that came before the shutdown. The measure would have funded the federal government if the implementation of the federal health care law was delayed. The Senate, however, did not agree with the House on the issue of delaying the health care law.
Federal workers throughout the nation were placed on furlough on Oct. 1 because of the lack of funding. Some federal workers deemed necessary are continuing to work, some without pay.