STATELINE (WIFR) – With no deal in sight on the government shutdown, we’re quickly approaching another deadline: raising the debt limit.
This morning, President Obama called House Speaker John Boehner reiterating he’s willing to talk about the budget after congress passes bills to fund the government and increase the debt limit without any conditions. Speaker Boehner says he doesn’t have the votes to pass a clean temporary spending bill or raise the debt limit. He wants the President to sit down and negotiate.
“There has never been a president in our history that did not negotiate over the debt limit. Never. Not once,” said Speaker of the House John Boehner.
“Members of Congress, and House republicans in particular, don’t get to demand ransom for doing their jobs.”
If the debt ceiling isn’t raised by October 15th, the U.S. will run out of money to pay its bill and economists say it could throw the country back into a recession.
A local business is trying to help furloughed employees by offering a discount that’s captured the attention of many of our Facebook fans.
Dee Santorini giggles as she picks out flooring at Carpetland USA in Rockord. It’s not the samples but the business’ sign that’s got her laughing.
It reads “Government furloughed employees additional 10 percent off. President and Congress pay 50 percent more.”
“I think it’s hilarious and I’m all for charging our senate and congress more money for not doing their job and for worrying more about their party than us.”
Owner Kevin Rose say she wanted to help affected federal employees and send a message, especially since Congress is still getting paid during this shutdown.
“Let President and congress know what we feel about them exempting themselves from some of these laws,” Rose said.
Judy Schultz, who came to Carpetland to pick out flooring agrees with that logic but she doesn’t think lawmaker should pay anything.
“As far as congress and the president, I don’t think they should be allowed in any store until they get this matter settled.”
The sign is a reminder of something Rose calls, “serious humor”. “The rest of America has to depend upon the elected parties to make the right decision in a timely fashion so America can move forward and right now it’s not happening.”
Carpetland just put up the sign this afternoon and it’s already gotten a ton of buzz and comments on our Facebook page. Rose says he’ll keep the discount running until the shutdown ends and federal employees get back to work. If you happen to see any signs of discontent around the Stateline, snap a picture and send it our way.