Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A day into the government shutdown, no deal has been reached between members of Congress.
South Carolina has seven congressmen and two senators in Washington.
WLTX contacted all of our congressmen and only three returned our calls; 2nd District Congressmen Joe Wilson, 5th District Congressman Mick Mulvaney and the lone Democratic Congressman in our state, Jim Clyburn of the 6th district.
Congressman Clyburn says house Republicans need to stop trying to put parts of the Affordable Care act on the negotiation table.
"The law is very clear, the Supreme Court has ruled; it is time for us to implement. Just to keep re-litigating a law that has been passed, signed by the president and vetted by the Supreme Court, it's time for us to move on. We could stay here forever trying to re-litigate every law that's on the books," said Clyburn.
Meanwhile, Wilson and Mulvaney say negotiating current law is nothing new in congress.
"The senate Democrats last weekend at a crucial time of votes, they left town. The house Republicans on the other hand were in town, we stayed over and in the meantime house Republicans voted four times on different bills to keep the government functioning," said Wilson.
"If those folks start to realize that they are being blamed just as much as we are then I think that will drive them to the table. My fear is that if only the Republicans get blamed...the Democrats will never show up," said Mulvaney.
Both sides agree a deal needs to be reached before their constituents start to feel the true affects from a government shutdown.