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We spoke with the Hudson Valley's two congressional leaders about the shutdown. Meredith Zaritheny has more from Republican Chris Gibson and Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, who agree on one thing: The shutdown, according to them, was "completely unnecessary."
HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. -- "Completely unnecessary."
That's what the Hudson Valley's two congressional representatives are calling the 16 day long government shutdown. Congressmen Sean Patrick Maloney and Chris Gibson both voted in favor of the bipartisan Senate deal to end the shutdown and budget crisis, which passed the House late Wednesday night.
"Extremist in the Tea Party have shown time and time again they are actually willing to hurt our economic recovery because they can't accept common sense solutions and that's just reckless and irresponsible. And so I hope the lesson is it's time to grow up and accept the responsibilities of serving the people and that means working with people you don't agree with," said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.
"And the fact that we have to negotiate, we have to sit down and work it out. Now once you're at the table, there has to be reasonable expectations. No one gets everything they want. This is where my party, I think we need to do better," said Rep. Chris Gibson.
The past two weeks of the shutdown have come at a steep cost. Standard and Poors estimates this has taken $24 billion out of the already fragile U.S. economy.
"I think people need to send a message to Washington that we are sick and tired of this and we have to stop electing people who cannot work with people they disagree with," said Rep. Maloney.
Now that the federal government is back up and running, both lawmakers say they are focusing on addressing key issues, such as the Farm Bill and tax reform.
"I have been working all year long very hard to get a Farm Bill for the Hudson Valley. We have legislation I wrote in this bill that will reform our crop insurance program, that will bring flood mitigation to Orange County, that will create hundreds and hundreds of jobs because we've got $100,000 agriculture industry, 1,500 family farms. This is a job engine for the Hudson Valley," said Rep. Maloney.
"We've had some pretty good discussions about ways to unite our country and tax reform is clearly going to be part of it. We have a tax code that is complex and unfair and it needs reform and that's going to be part of the pro-growth policies," said Rep. Gibson.
Congressman Maloney and Congressman Gibson may sit on different sides of the political aisle, but they both agree bipartisan negotiations and compromise are key step in moving forward with long term budget negotiations.