With the major business done in Washington, some of our area's congressional delegation is coming back into town. Innae Park has the latest.
CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. -- Congressman Chris Gibson said, "Disappointing."
"A deplorable outcome," said Congressman Paul Tonko.
Two New York congressmen on both sides of the aisle aren't mincing words over the 16 day federal standstill. This after full government operations resume and the debt ceiling is avoided.
Tonko said, "There was no victory lap that I saw with my counterparts."
But looking forward, Representatives Paul Tonko and Chris Gibson are taking an optimistic outlook. One they hope isn't so polarizing.
"I think governing around moderates, around the middle of thinking, is the best way to get things done and hopefully that lesson was learned," Tonko said.
Gibson said, "No one gets everything they want. This is where my party, I think, we need to do better."
A Republican himself, Gibson hopes for reason.
"We have to negotiate, have to sit down and work it out. Now, once you're at the table, there has to be reasonable expectations," Gibson said.
And as time is ticking down to another potential impasse, they're urging for understanding.
Tonko said, "My hope is that when we do have the panel discussions, let it be done in broad daylight. Let the people see the on contrast between which parties are offering what proposals to the budget. When you do that, public sentiment will rule."
Gibson said, "We've got to learn to work together, unless you want to accept the status quo."