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October 18, 2013

N.H. residents resent federal shutdown

Some anticipate a repetition early next year

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“I’m kind of relieved about it,” he said. “Now, the threat of him not getting paid is over. It’s just been the stress of not knowing.”

Congress approved funding of government operations through Jan. 15 and authorized borrowing until Feb. 7, meaning it will only be a matter of time before another stalemate arises again in Washington, local residents said.

“I think we’ll go through the same thing come January, February,” said Michelle Kamerman, 39, of Londonderry.

Her friend, Julie Vander Meer, 40, of Londonderry agreed. She said her husband, a defense contractor, worked with many people who were furloughed.

Vander Meer was among many local residents who said congressional incumbents should not be re-elected in November 2014.

“I hope none of them get re-elected,” she said. “Not a single one.”

Dianne Hein, 45, of Derry agreed.

“I just think it’s a shame,” she said of the shutdown. “I think I would vote them out.”

Although a few people interviewed blamed Republicans and a couple others blamed Democrats, most said both parties were to blame.

“It’s everybody,” Hein said.

Barbara Clague, 54, of Hampstead also said both parties are to blame.

“They’re all like children — let’s put new people in there,” she said. “It’s supposed to be a country that’s together. They need to play nicely.”

New Hampshire’s four members of Congress praised the agreement reached, but said the shutdown should have been avoided. Each issued statements.

“I am relieved to support this bipartisan bill that ends the government shutdown, eliminates the threat of default, and gets our economy moving again,” Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., said. “This is not a perfect bill. Nor is it a bill that I, or most Americans, are celebrating. It is a necessary compromise in the face of an unnecessary government shutdown.”

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