The government shutdown may be over, but Congress still has much more to discuss. As the country is only funded for a few more months, there have been calls for continuing compromise. Two New York legislators are already leading the way. Innae Park reports.
ACRA, N.Y. – Two legislators are trying to turn the tide in upstate New York after a partisan government lifts the government shutdown and raises the nation's debt limit.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said, “The last few weeks have been perhaps the most disappointing, infuriating, disgraceful weeks of public service I've ever had.”
Two days afterward, she, a Democrat, and Republican Congressman Chris Gibson announce legislation to raise awareness of Lyme disease, which they are both supporting.
Gibson said, “Yes we come from different parties, we're Americans first. We have a long history of working together. Nanotechnology, we worked together on veterans issues, we worked together on farming and Lyme disease and broadband as well.”
“In no instance should you not be working with your Republican colleagues,” said Gillibrand. “Democrats and Republicans have to cross party lines, cross the aisle, put away the partisan rhetoric and do the work of governing.”
While the government is running now, there is another budget debate on the horizon. Until then, they hope their partnership sets the stage for more communication.
Gillibrand said, “I think this should be the norm, not a rare example.”
Gibson agreed. “It's important that we lead by example.”
Whether others follow will be seen in the next two months.