An area Republican Congressman said it's disappointing that Democrats are more interested in playing politics than keeping the federal government open.
Representative Rodney Davis of Taylorville said he never thought a shutdown would occur, and that the House passed four different pieces of legislation in an attempt to keep that from happening.
Davis added that the Senators wanted to keep an insurance perk for themselves instead of avoiding a shutdown.
Davis said that the only opporunity Republicans had to make common sense changes to the health care law was before people could begin signing up for insurance on Tuesday. He said President Obama and Senate Democrats showed their unwillingness to address concerns that the American people had with the health care legislation.
Davis said House Republicans are willing to come to the table to negotiate with the Senate, but so far that hasn't happened.
Meanwhile, Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said allowing a government shutdown to happen is no way to run a country or manage the economic recovery.
He said the House needs to set aside the political brinksmanship, stop manufacturing one crisis after another and pass a short term funding bill so the government can get back to work.