STATEWIDE -- As day 7 of the government shutdown rolls around, the pressure on lawmakers intensifies. The road to compromise is rockier than ever, but Congressman Paul Tonko thinks otherwise.
"It's a simple solution. And, it doesn't have to be complicated," said Congressman Paul Tonko.
Tonko said the solution is a clean government funding bill. On Saturday, nearly 200 House Democrats signed a letter calling on Speaker John Boehner for just that.
"Fund government, have America pay the bills, and then move to developing the budget," he said.
However, experts say the chances of that passing in the House are slim. Despite the Democrats' signatures and 21 Republicans who have said they're on board with it, Boehner stands firm.
"There are not enough votes in the House to pass a clean CR," he said.
The Affordable Care Act remains the focal point. The delay was quickly seen as a repeal of the law, an idea Democrats are not entertaining.
"Doing the same thing over and over again with no results is by many person's definition: insanity. Why we're continuing to pursue that path is beyond me," said Tonko.
The debt limit deadline on October 17 is also looming. Meanwhile, 800,000 furloughed workers who are still waiting for a paycheck.
"There are those who would probably like to see this stretch upon weeks upon weeks if not months to prove their point. It's a very dangerous road that we're treading," said Tonko.
The house reconvenes on Monday.