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Many leaders called for Congress to follow the example of state legislatures, which they say find a way to work together and pass budgets.
Rigid ideology • But in Congress, Lockhart said, "I see a very rigid ideology. It’s important to stay true to your principles, but you’ve got to talk with people who disagree with you and respect them for their beliefs. But come to agreement to get things done that need to happen for the American people."
Niederhauser said even in Utah — where Republicans hold super-majorities — there are serious disagreements among the governor, House and Senate. "We come together and work those things out so that we don’t have a state shutdown. It can be done."
He adds that members of Congress already know they must come together in a few weeks and probably already know how to do it. "Why run the public and the economy through the mill for weeks?" Niederhauser said. "Quit squabbling. Get together. Work it out for our economy, for our state and all the people."
Leaders note that Utah’s members of Congress visit the Legislature every year, and they expect they may get an earful next time about the shutdown and Washington stalemates.
"I’m sure there will be some very difficult questions for the entire delegation about what is going on and what is not going on in Washington," Lockhart said. "The more we see these kinds of things happening in Washington, the more there will be created a critical mass to actually make the changes that need to be made."
Dabakis added, "I think we’re in a rare moment where most of the state is united in screaming back to Washington: ‘Solve these issues. Get on with governing the country.’ "
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