Government Shutdown
3:50 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Here's how your legislator in Congress voted, and what they said, in shutdown battle

Republicans in Congress hope to "defund or delay" the Affordable Care Act by attaching language to a bill that would temporarily fund the federal government. If their "continuing resolution" budget is passed, it would end the shutdown.

Democrats won't go for it.

They say debate over the Affordable Care Act is settled. It was signed into law. The Supreme Court ruled on it. And there was a Presidential election in which it was debated. It's time to move on, they say.

Move on? Fat chance. The federal government has been partially shut down over the fight. 

And now politicians seem to be waiting to see where the political pressure builds -- meaning they're waiting to see how you react.

Here's what one Republican said to the press after the shutdown. From the New York Times:

“We’ve passed the witching hour of midnight, and the sky didn’t fall, nothing caved in,” said Representative Steve King, Republican of Iowa, who still believes Republicans can achieve “the end of Obamacare.” “Now the pressure will build on both sides, and the American people will weigh in.”

And here's what some of them are saying off-camera:

Two of these 16 people speak for you, as a Michigander, in Congress (one senator, and one representative).

Here's a map of Michigan's current congressional districts (double click on the map to zoom in):

Here's who voted to insert language to delay parts of the Affordable Care Act into the budget bill (all the Republicans), and here's who did not support that idea (all the Democrats).

Voted in support of the budget bill to delay the Affordable Care Act

Voted against the budget bill to delay the Affordable Care Act

- Melanie Kruvelis and Lucy Perkins, Michigan Radio Newsroom