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(NECN) - The countdown to the government shut own has come and gone.
For the first time in 17 years the U.S. government has been shut down after lawmakers in the House and the Senate failed to agree on a spending bill to fund the government.
We continued the conversation with Massachusetts Congressman James McGovern, a Democrat from the Bay State's second district. He joined us on the phone.
He reflects on seeing the shutdown of 1996.
“At least back then I thought the Republicans believed in a public sector, and now this Tea Party wing of the Republican Party, they don’t believe in government, period,” said McGovern.
He said if a clean bill was proposed on legislation for the Affordable Care Act, it would have gotten support from Democrats and Republicans and prevent a shutdown.
Watch the attached video for more.