Lawmakers weigh in on government shutdown

Now it's a race to find a solution, to get Congress and the rest of the country back on track. (KTUL)

Frustration mounting at our nation's capital after lawmakers spend all night arguing over a spending bill, leading to a government shutdown.

The first one in five years.

"This is ridiculous and it's extremely disappointing and frustrating," said Congressman Markwayne Mullin.

"The instability is not a way that a country like ours should be working," said Democrat Representative Monroe Nichols. "That's exactly the way it's going right now and it's terrible."

Congressman Tom Cole released a statement on how he didn't agree with the shutdown, and even took to social media to voice his opinion.

As lawmakers on both sides point fingers, folks right here in Oklahoma want to know what comes next.

"You shouldn't feel any difference," said Mullin.

Mullin says those in Green Country don't need to worry.

"Even if we have a shutdown for 20 days, there won't be any disruption in most programs," he said. "In fact, I don't know a program in Oklahoma off the top of my head that is going to be affected."

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You'll still get your mail and social security benefits, and national parks and monuments are staying open, but it's the federal workers who seem to be worried.

"A lot of people who are serving our country are in limbo right now and that's not a comfortable place to be," said Nichols. "I have a couple of friends who actually work for federal agencies and so they're furloughed now."

Lawmakers are working out the details on how they will be paid.

"If I was federal employee right now, I would be making preparations with your bank on all those automatic drafts because until the government opens, there's a good chance your pay is going to be put on hold," said Mullin.

Senator James Lankford took to social media to express his views on the shutdown.

Now it's a race to find a solution, to get Congress and the rest of the country back on track.

While this is the first government shutdown in five years, they're actually nothing new.

Presidents Ford, Carter, Regan, Bush, Clinton and Obama all had shutdowns during their terms. In fact, Carter had five and Regan had eight.

We will continue to follow this story for updates.

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