New Yorkers say what little faith they have left in congress may go by the wayside if both sides cannot come to an agreement to avoid a massive furlough that would affect 800,000 federal workers. NY1's Kristen Shaughnessy filed the following report.
Even before this latest fiscal cliffhanger, polls showed the public had little respect for Congress. And people who spoke with NY1 Monday were not happy to learn that even if there is a partial government shutdown, our representatives there will still get paid.
"I have a problem with that. They are making more money than we are," said one New Yorker.
Many people are also fed up with the finger pointing: Democrats blaming Republicans for holding a spending bill hostage over the Affordable Care Act, Republicans blaming Democrats for being unwilling to revisit and make changes to the act which they say need fixing before the rollout which is scheduled for Tuesday.
NY1, though, did find some New Yorkers taking sides.
"I think it is going to wind up hurting a lot of Republicans It is going to make them look bad so, got not much to say. I'm not really interested in watching it. I care about the health plan and a lot of people need help and we pay them, we pay our taxes for them to do a job I just don't think they should shut things down," said one New Yorker.
"The president doesn't want to negotiate, why doesn't he want to negotiate? He is not doing anything for the people. Nothing at all," said another New Yorker. "The shutdown is a great idea."
But the majority of people who spoke with NY1 have just had it with congress in general. They say it is time for both sides to stop with the name calling and the blame game and actually get something done.
"I have no faith in them. It's ridiculous. Grown people who should be working for the country and not. They are playing games basically," said one New Yorker.
"Between the two parties if they can't come to make a decision on this every six months, it's getting more and more ridiculous," said another New Yorker.
"I just think it's sad grown men can't get together and make some sort of compromise," said a third New Yorker.
The standstill has happened before. The longest government shutdown was in December 1995 and January 1996. It lasted 21 days.