A former congressman who was in office during the last government shutdown is frustrated by whatâ€™s happening.
Glenn Poshard, the president of Southern Illinois University, was a member of Congress in the 1990s, when there were two shutdowns. He says these happen because members talk past each other.
â€śThe key is to listen to the American people. You know weâ€™re a family for gosh sake. Sit down at the kitchen table and iron out your differences. Nobodyâ€™s going to get everything they want. Everybodyâ€™ll get a piece of the pie. Be satisfied with that. Thatâ€™s called America. Itâ€™s called democracy. It means moving forward,â€ť he said.
Poshard says members of Congress now who are stuck on ideology are part of the problem; those who are willing to compromise are part of the solution. He says Congress appears to be more ideologically rigid than when he was there (1989-99), and most of the public is not that way.