Former Governor Says Compromise Key To Ending Shutdown
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Omaha, NE- There is hope for an end to the stalemate as talks shift toward the debt ceiling.
On Thursday, President Obama met with House Speaker John Boehner and other house republicans.
Boehner says republicans will vote for a six-week extension of the debt limit, but the president must agree to new negotiations on spending cuts.
Who better to talk to about the shutdown than a man who spent more than a decade on Capitol Hill.
Former Senator Ben Nelson spoke to students and visitors on the UNO campus Thursday afternoon. The topic was Bipartisanship in a Partisan Congress.
How do you find a solution when no sides say yes?
"I think it's a lot about, well I want to do this because this is what my party wants or i don't want to agree with the White House administration." says UNO students Heather Moore.
Now in it's 10th day, we must ask, how much longer will this last?
"If you don't talk with one another, if you don't look for ways to bring something together, you're not going to be able to accomplish anything." explains Nelson.
Along with the shutdown, the country is also facing the debt ceiling, when America hits her borrowing limit. Former Senator Ben Nelson says this needs to be averted.
"When you get the spiral down, that downward spiral, you've got to have a way to stop it so it doesn't hit the bottom." says Nelson.
Nelson, who served two terms in the senate and eight years as governor, was at times not popular with voters. The democrat did not always vote along party lines, but rather what he says, was best for his state.
"Take the political consequences of saying to some of the constituency groups back home, which are no more the ideologically driven people. No, I hear what you're saying but we have to do what's best for the country and we're going to take the consequences and do that." says Nelson.
Senator Deb Fischer agrees. In a speech on the senate floor, she says she's willing to work with any of her colleagues to find a solution.
"I rise to testify to the simple truth that a government should not intentionally make life harder for its people." says Sen. Fischer.
It was also announced Thursday that Nelson has joined a group of 41 former governors to fix the nation's debt.
Senator Nelson says the governors have the experience in running a state and balancing a budget.
"Our goal is to help them focus on why mayors, why governors in particular, believe that we ought to have a budget and a we ought to have a long term fix, not 60 days, 6 months, 6 weeks, that just doesn't make any sense what so ever." says Sen. Nelson.
The non-partisan movement is asking lawmakers to work together on legislation that will stabilize and reduce the national debt.