An area lawmaker said Congress needs to focus on getting its job done instead of setting artificial deadlines and threatening government shutdowns.
Some Republicans in Washington are threatening to shut down the federal government if funding for the Affordable Care Act isn't removed from the upcoming spending bill.
Republican Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville, who represents the 13th Congressional District, said it's sad that people are drawn to sequestration, fiscal cliffs and fights.
Davis also said he is very confident that there will not be a government shutdown.
Congress has until September 30th to approve a new spending bill.
Elsewhere, Davis said the House plans to vote on a food stamp bill when lawmakers return to Washington in September.
The House, on a partisan vote, narrowly passed a farm bill last month without a food stamp program in the legislation.
Davis said there needs to be some common sense reforms with energy assistance and food stamp programs.
Davis made the comments Wednesday on A Penny for Your Thoughts on WDWS.