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Iowans React to Budget Battle
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--House Republicans cheered Friday afternoon just hours after passing a controversial new spending bill which would avoid a government shut down by defunding Obamacare.
Its a bill the Senate says they will never pass, causing what some say is the latest round of Congress not getting the job done.
"The gridlock isn't productive for anybody," said David Tigges who works in Cedar Rapids.
Eastern Iowans seemed split on if the new bill would be best for the country.
"There was a lot of debate at the time that the Affordable Care Act was passed, but it was passed, said Kristi Abuissa who works in Cedar Rapids. At this point, I think it's very futile to keep on trying to drag it out and to defund it."
"Something needs to change in Washington, and maybe this will wake everyone up," said Cedar Rapids Melinda Kinney.
Even though opinions were mixed as to how to avoid a government shutdown, most Iowans disapprove of the job Congress is doing.
I would give Congress an F, said resident Christopher Schubert. It's done, over."
And with just days left for Congress to agree on a budget, many say there's no time to argue.
"They've been elected to do a job, do it, Tigges said.
Congress has until the end of September to agree on a budget.
If they don't and there is a shutdown, thousands of government workers would not be paid.
Museums and national parks could also close.