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Local Congressmen React To Shutdown Deal

COBELSKILL -- Despite the House of Representatives passing a bill to reopen the government, local World War II veterans were uncertain their memorial would be open for a planned Honor Flight this weekend.

The group made the decision several weeks ago to continue with plans to take 28 veterans to Washington, D.C. even if the shutdown continued.

If things are corrected we're going to keep the tone of the trip upbeat and make like it never happened, but I personally am scarred by what went down and how all the vets were treated, said Greg Furlong, President of the Leatherstocking Honor Flight.

Local leaders said they didnt want negotiations to take as long as they did.

What really disappoints me at this point is the fact that it only took several days of negotiations to reach this agreement and yet for months now the President of the United States and the Senate Majority Leader said they would not negotiate, said Rep. Chris Gibson (R) Kinderhook, who initially opposed the bill because it did not defund the Affordable Care Act, but ultimately voted for the bill.

In a statement, Gibson highlighted the agreement as a bipartisan effort and pointed out the bill includes a minor change to Obamacare by requiring income verification.

Democrat Paul Tonko called the shutdown a manufactured crisis and reiterated there were no winners as the nation narrowly avoided a default on its debt.

Hopefully there were lessons that were learned here because there are no winners in this town and the real loser has been the American people, said Tonko.

Tonko expects the government will take about a day to fully reopen, which could mean the World War II Memorial will be open for local veterans visit on Saturday.

I personally am embarrassed that the barricades went up, said Furlong. It really would be nice if they're gone by the time we get there, but it did happen and it was wrong.

 
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