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Northern Nevadans Speak Out on Government Shutdown

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Northern Nevadans are fed up with the gridlock in Washington, D.C. And if they could speak directly to our representatives there, this is what they'd say.

"People are suffering. Consider that before you consider your own agendas," says Chris Vega of Reno.

Fran Reilly of Reno is concerned they've just lost touch. "I don't get paid if I don't work and they are getting paid and I think that's just not fair to anyone," she said.

"I would tell them to talk to each other. Stop talking to other countries and talk to each other and settle this," says Fran Casey of Reno. "Work this our and do what we need you to do not what you think your parties want you to do!"

"I'd fire them all!" said her husband Robert Casey.

And political science Professor Eric Herzik said they were just being childish.

"Both sides have dug in their heels and they've gone to the wall. It's become personal and idealogical and there is a lot at stake. It's like you wish you could just say to them to go to their rooms and settle down and when they are ready to talk...we'll get together and figure this out."

Senator Dean Heller has been answering his own phone in Washington.

"I've heard it all answering the phone," he told me by phone. "I am getting an earful all right and about half of them want me to stand my ground the other half harp on defunding 'Obamacare.' I'm listening, but I can't get things moving on my own."

Senator Reid says he understands the impacts on the Silver State.

"Our parks are closed. Eleven hundred people laid off at Nellis Air Force Base. This is going to impact our state more than we even realize," said Reid.

But Herzik says no matter how tired everyone is of the bickering, he doesn't expect any movement at all until we hit the drama of expanding the debt ceiling for the country or going bankrupt as a nation.

Written by Erin Breen

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