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Mich. Lawmakers Point Fingers For Gov. Shutdown

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Michigan is losing $18 million a day as a result of the federal government shutdown. The politicians at the state capitol are weighing in on who's to blame in Washington.



The blame game is in full bloom in the nation's capitol and the democrats and republicans in this town are joining in the finger pointing.



"I think its devastating and the height of irresponsibility," said State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer.

"I don't think that the Tea Party is anything that I'm going to criticize," said State Sen. Randy Richardville.

State lawmakers are being told by the state budget director, state government will lose $18 million as a result of the federal shutdown. But Senate GOP Leader Richardville is not sure the state budget director, who works for the governor, is right. "He's not my spokesperson, so I don't know whether to believe him or not," said Sen. Richardville.

Senate Democratic Leader Whitmer believes the budget director and blames the Tea Party. "The Tea Party is willing to hurt anybody it takes in order to get their way. It's a destructive force."

"It means the difference between our folks having bread on the table or not," said State Sen. Rebekah Warren.

But this staunch Tea Party Supporter believes the shutdown is justified because the Tea Party is standing up for a principle. "I don't think the Tea Party is responsible for shutting government down," said State Sen. Patrick Colbeck. "Some times you have to stand up for a principle and defunding Obamacare is a matter of principle."

"There's nothing wrong with standing up for a principle, but this is not the time to do it. You don't hold the country hostage, the nation hostage, especially when the people are hurting," said State Sen. Coleman Young.

The Snyder Administration is hoping the federal shutdown is short lived and therefore the impact on Michigan will be minimal.

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