Peoria democrats discuss Congress battle

By WEEK Producer

September 21, 2013 Updated Sep 21, 2013 at 10:26 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The latest spending battle in Congress could bring a government shut down in less than 2 weeks.

The house voted on Friday to temporarily keep the government running, while eliminating all funding for Obamacare.
 
The bill passed through the Republican-led house but Democrats say it has almost no chance of passing in the Democratic-led Senate.
 
"I can tell you right now that's not going to pass, it'll go to the senate there's no way that those differences can be worked out," said Representative Cheri Bustos, (D) IL, 17th Dist. "It would be vetoed even if it were forwarded to the president it would be vetoed."
 
Local Democratic leaders gathered in Peoria on Saturday for a picnic. This gave them a chance to talk to their constituents about the President's health care law and the possibility of a government shut-down.
 
Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon says this is a battle that has already been fought.  
"Democrats are prioritizing meeting the needs of the people of our country," said Sheila Simon, (D) Lt. Governor. "And as I go across the state people are supportive of Obamacare."
 
But Speaker of the House, Republican John Boehner says otherwise.
 
"The American people don't want the government shut down," said Boehner. "And they don't want 'Obamacare.'"
 
House republicans have now voted more than 40 times to repeal Obamacare.
 
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin says tea party republicans shutting down the government will not solve anything and will cause more issues for the American people.
 
"the American people want us to solve problems not create them," said Durbin. "Shutting down the government can disrupt social security checks, veterans benefits, cost us jobs in an economy that is just starting to recover. So it's just a mistake for the republicans to do this."
 
Officials say a government shut down could also delay paychecks for military personnel and close national parks and monuments to tourists.
 
The end of the fiscal year is September 30th and Congress must approve funds by then to prevent a shut-down on October 1st.

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