Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, who is also chair of the Democratic National Governors Association, is urging the president and Republicans to end the government shutdown.
Speaking at the Statehouse, Shumlin urged the president and the GOP to get the nation out of this "mess." Until now, the governor had reserved his criticism for Republicans and the tea party for causing the shutdown. Now, Shumlin is urging all sides, including the president, to end the standoff that has left some sections of the federal government shutdown.
"I am concerned about everything, I really am. In Vermont, we really only want one thing at this point. Let's forget who is to blame, let's forget how we got into this mess. It is time for the Republicans and the Democrats and the president to get us out of this mess. It's Thursday, if we are having this conversation on Monday we have got a big problem," Shumlin said.
Vermont's top Republican leader, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, also this week called upon all sides in Washington to settle their differences.
House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans will pass legislation to temporarily extend the government's ability to borrow to meet its obligations. Boehner says the measure would advance if the president agrees to negotiate over reopening the government and to "start to deal with America's pressing problems."
Obama has said consistently that Republicans must reopen the government and prevent the threat of a first-ever government default before he'll negotiate over the budget and other conditions Republicans have sought.
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