Hours after the federal government began its first shutdown in 17 years, lawmakers and local residents are reacting to the news.
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a Republican who represents parts of north Columbus, took to Twitter at midnight.
He retweeted Majority Leader Eric Cantor, @GOPLeader, one of the House Republican leaders.
“RT if you stand with House Republicans: #NoSpecialTreatment – not for unions, not for big business and not for Congress.”
Joseph Brannan, 2nd District Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, said Tuesday morning that he was “not surprised” at news of the shutdown.
“I understand the principles (House Republicans are) trying to stand on and I agree … but shutting down the government? I don’t know,” Brannan said. “I put on Facebook this morning, ‘The sun is rising so is it really that bad that the government shut down while they’re trying to sort it out?'”
Though Brannan said he understands the move’s political logic — Oct. 1 marks the opening of the healthcare exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans oppose — he “feels for” furloughed federal workers who are caught in a “political struggle.”