Congressional Democrats from South Florida renew call to end partial government shutdown

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. -- Congressional Democrats from South Florida have renewed their call for Republicans to vote on legislation that would end the partial shutdown of the federal government.

On Monday, the shutdown entered its second week with few indications the impasse over the federal budget would be resolved in near term.

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, said she opposed a plan proposed by some Republicans that would fund individual government agencies and departments.

"It doesn't make sense," Frankel said. "It is a stunt. It is a publicity stunt. If you want to get government back to work bring up the bill that gets the government back to work. I mean, it is a stunt."
 
U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, said a small group of Republicans was to blame for the partial shutdown.
 
"There are lots of ways to continue the discussion, but you can't do it with a gun to your head," Deutch said. "You can't do it after you've already told the American people that you're prepared to let the economy crash in order to get your way."
 
Frankel and Deutch returned to Washington on Monday.
 
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