Former U.S. Congressman Mark Foley survived 1995 government shutdown, hopes current stalemate ends

Foley says an extended shutdown could happen

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Days into the government shutdown and the clock keeps ticking.

Many are now concerned if the stalemate will ever stop.

Former U.S. Congressman Mark Foley, who served the 16th District of Florida for more than a decade, cannot help but to think of the government shutdown of 1995.

"I can tell you what's happening in the building right now. Every member that's been brave on camera is asking leadership, 'get us out of this mess'," said Foley at his West Palm Beach antique business.

Foley said as the clock ticks on without a resolution, pressure only builds among congressional members.

First, it is the public outcry. Then, the pressure comes from their personal, inner circle said Foley.

"They'll go to their leadership and say, 'Please save me from myself. Get me out of this predicament. Whatever we have to do, lets do it.' So my crystal ball tells me, that this should last another 3-to-4 days," said Foley.

If the government shutdown does go on longer than just a few days, Foley said it could only get worse.

"Honestly, when the government stops functioning, the world starts laughing, the financial markets start losing value," said Foley.

It is not just Americans who being to lose faith, Foley said the entire world begins to doubt the U.S. Government.

Foley said during the next election season, voters might have the last word.

"They won't' remember about budget stalemates. They'll remember they weren't able to visit a national park, couldn't get their passport, didn't get their paycheck," said Foley. "There will be a hue and cry and no political office holder will get reelected."

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