APPLETON - Debate over the federal government shutdown will spill into the weekend. The focus of the debate continues to be the nation's health care law.
Saturday, the House is expected to approve a measure insuring that the 800,000 furloughed federal workers will be paid once the shutdown ends.
The White House has said it supports that bill.
Congressional members from our area say they will be staying in Washington. And that means canceling some previously scheduled events in their home districts.
Elaina Koltz is a veterans services adviser at UW-Green Bay. She was planning to address a group of veterans on Friday in Appleton.
"The veterans have a lot of choices when they go back to school on what benefits that they're going to use and how they're going to use those,” said Koltz.
Koltz couldn't speak to the veterans because of the federal government shutdown.
Congressman Reid Ribble, R-8th District, planned a symposium at the Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton where speakers were going to talk about connecting veterans with job and educational opportunities. He canceled the event because he's staying in Washington. He hopes the event can be rescheduled.
"The bigger issue is, this is a huge inconvenience for every federal employee that's been furloughed here, and we ought to be putting them back to work,” said Ribble.
Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, planned to attend the World Dairy Expo Saturday in Madison. Instead, the Republican is staying in Washington and expects to be in session through the weekend. He says the mood at the Capitol really hasn't changed since the shutdown began on Tuesday.
"It's very disappointing to me; I never thought it would get to this point,” said Johnson.
While Johnson is spending extra time in Washington, he's looking ahead to a foreign relations trip, scheduled in two weeks, to Russia and Eastern Europe.
"That's a pretty important region right now, particularly with the events in Syria and what's happening with Iran,” said Johnson.
Johnson says that trip likely won't happen if the federal government remains shut down.
Representatives for Senator Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, and Congressman Tom Petri, R-6th District, told FOX 11 Friday both also will be staying in D.C. this weekend.
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