How the US government shutdown debacle looked to the rest of the world

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The US government shutdown was, of course, massive international news — it’s essentially the world’s most powerful country and its largest economy going haywire. How does this chaos look through international eyes? To find out, I spent the morning reading press coverage from a number of countries — from neighbors like Canada and Mexico to European allies to state-run media in Russia and China. What I found was a remarkable convergence on a single theme: The shutdown happened because there is something deeply wrong with the American political system.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) — On Monday, the Senate voted on a compromise over government funding. This short-term agreement is expected to pass in the House, which would mean an end to the government shutdown.

Local Democratic and Republican leaders spoke with 13 News about the shutdown and what they hope for moving forward.

“Republicans have had a year of control of Congress and what do we have? We have to suffer a shutdown,” says Cody Pruitt, Vice-Chair of the Warren County Democratic Party.

He goes on to say, “I wasn’t surprised that the government shut down. Unfortunately our politics have been trending toward this partisanship for over a year. It’s not just because of a new president.”

But on Monday afternoon, the Senate voted to fund the government through February 8.

“I expected a pretty quick resolution on this,” says Ben Mohon, Co-Chairman of the Warren County Republican Party.

“I’m glad to see that there’s been some agreement. Hopefully that can lead to some positive discussion on border security and immigration reform,” adds Mohon.

Several say they hope for some kind of DACA deal to be reached soon, impacting the hundreds of thousands of “dreamers” in the United States.

When asked about a DACA deal, Mohon says, “We’d like to see just some conversation that leads somewhere right now. Right now it seems like there hasn’t been a lot of positive conversation. We’d like to see them get together and work together to figure this issue out.”

Pruitt’s take on DACA: “I think those that were born here to immigrant families should be allowed to stay. They’re contributing members of society. Here, even at Western Kentucky University, we have many students that their families would suffer. They’ve only known America, they are American, and they should be allowed to stay.”

Now, they say it’s time to look ahead and try to talk about solutions.

“Hopefully we can come up with some long-term budget ideas and budget proposals. And really the reason that we have shutdowns is because there’s not agreement on the budget, so hopefully this can lead to some of those conversations and look at some long-term solutions,” says Mohon.

“We have to start communicating again as a people of this country and as parties,” adds Pruitt.

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