Three GOP Midwest Governors Call for End to Federal Shutdown

Oct 10, 2013

Iowa Gov. Branstad speaks at a summit on bullying in 2012
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The Republican governors of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota have urged federal lawmakers to end the partial government shutdown.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, South Dakota's Dennis Daugaard, and Nebraska's Dave Heineman gathered in Dakota Dunes, S.D., Wednesday for their Tri-State Governors' Conference. They discussed what the shutdown had done to their states.

Daugaard and Heineman said the shutdown's chief impact has been the loss of National Guard jobs. Daugaard also said the uncertainty caused by the shutdown "is not helpful to any of our economies."

Heineman says both parties are at fault for the situation in Washington.

Branstad says President Barack Obama should stop attacking the Republican leadership in Congress, because that lessens chances of compromise.