As the debt ceiling draws closer, YNN's Erin Moran spoke with Congressman Paul Tonko about the current state of everything happening in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As the government shutdown continues, the debt ceiling deadline is fast approaching. Congress has until Thursday to raise the debt ceiling, otherwise America will default on its bills.
Republicans and Democrats are having a difficult time negotiating to put an end to this crisis.
“We had a plan and we wanted to present that plan. And the democratic leadership squashed it,” said Senator John McCain..
On CBS's Face the Nation Sunday, McCain said Democrats rejected a generous plan by Republicans.
However, Congressman Paul Tonko said Republicans are still not putting forth reasonable solutions.
“The Republicans are indicating that they have given in to us,” said Tonko. “They said, ‘Look, if we give you a clean CR and if we pay our bills on time, then what's in it for us?’ That is not a wish-list, a Democratic wish-list, that's a priority listing of our responsibilities in Congress.”
Tonko said the Tea-Party Republicans in the House of Representatives need to move on. Senator McCain agreed, and said holding out in the hopes of defunding the Affordable Care Act won't work.
“What you have is a tug-of-war where there can’t be this resolve,” said Tonko.
McCain added, “The fact is that they're going to have to understand that we're on a fool's errand when we say we're going to defund Obamacare."
Both Tonko and McCain said they're hopeful a deal can be reached before Thursday's deadline.