Fargo protesters speak up for shutdownFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Senate Democrats and Republicans are talking about a possible deal to end the 14-day government shutdown. That includes raising the debt limit.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Senate Democrats and Republicans are talking about a possible deal to end the 14-day government shutdown. That includes raising the debt limit.
And people are speaking out about it.
Here in Fargo, protesters hit the streets with creative signs, loud chants and some passionate pleas for a North Dakota Congressman.
Even the rain doesn't stop crowds from gathering here in downtown Fargo to protest the government shutdown they say that's lasted two weeks, too long.
With a strong voice...
Carol Sawicki- Protestor: “I think the shutdown is just a bunch of stupidity.”
…And a common cause
Rick Olek- Protestor: “Congressman Cramer hasn't really done his job.”
Protestors like Vietnam Vet Rick Olek want to make their frustrations heard, calling on Congress to end the shutdown and help those who've dedicated their lives to helping our country.
Olek: “I remember coming back from Vietnam and conflict over that war and how difficult it was to get claims through at that time and here we are. We should be honoring all our veterans.”
Congressman Kevin Cramer- North Dakota Representative: “It's really time for Harry Reid to stop playing the petty politics and bring these funding bills up so that we can get the government open again.”
They say if cuts, closings and furloughs weren't enough... They're worried for what's ahead.
Sawicki: “We all need to come out and show that we have some common sense; more than some people in government.”
A possible default if the government does not raise the debt ceiling by Thursday.
Sawicki: “You pass a tipping point, and it's very hard to come back.”
Olek: “Get the government back to work for the vets.”
A large group of veterans plans to rally at the National World War II Memorial in Washington tomorrow morning; concerned about delayed disability benefits.