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Reps Duffy, Kind both claim high ground in government gridlock


As we wait for a resolution on the government gridlock in Washington, central Wisconsin lawmakers are sounding off.

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-7th District) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-3rd District) both say they're frustrated with the gridlock. But they say the blame doesn't lie with them.

"I've been one of the common sense guys in Washington, D.C. that are trying to bring both sides together to find a resolution," said Duffy.

"I've been working with a bipartisan group of members, Republican and Democrat. We've been meeting regularly to offer constructive proposals to the leadership to break the impasse," added Kind.

Who's at fault for this crisis? Kind blames the leadership of both parties including his own.

"It just seems that the only thing that unites the political leadership in Washington today is this—it's the other side's fault," said Kind.

A new TV ad from Americans United for Change targets Duffy as part of the problem. It encourages viewers to call Duffy to tell him to end the "Tea Party shutdown."

Duffy is quick to defend himself and his party. He says they've agreed to compromise over their main sticking point—the health care law.

"There's been movement from a complete defund of Obamacare to a delay of Obamacare," said Duffy.

Kind says he's also open to compromise on health care by getting rid of the unpopular medical device tax.

"That also taxes new, upstart manufacturing companies in this country who aren't even making a profit," said Kind.

So, central Wisconsin's lawmakers say they want to find middle ground. How it happens, though, is what we're all waiting to see.

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