INDICE DE GALERIAS
Its day 16 of the government shutdown but good news is on the horizon as house republicans say they are planning to vote tonight on a bipartisan agreement worked out earlier today.
Senate leaders have struck a deal to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown this compromise is coming on the brink of the debt ceiling deadline which is tomorrow.
"If the government can't manage their money then how is the rest of the country supposed to do it."
Dwight Krukow feels the way a lot of Americans do right now....
“Somehow they've got to get along and get something figured out, get something done,” he adds.
But his wish may soon be the Senate's command.
Democrats and republicans in Washington are reportedly agreeing on a deal to end the government shut down and raise the debt ceiling.
According to political analyst Dr. Eric Shoars, it's just the latest case of a fix coming at the last possible minute something we've been seeing a lot of over the past five years or so.
"What we see is both sides playing chicken and then when it gets to the last minute they make some sort of short term deal that just pushes the problem down the road,” says Shoars.
The deal will fund the government until January 15th and lift the debt ceiling until February 7th. It would also force both sides to reach a longer term deal by December 2014.
But it's not quite a done deal yet, it still has to pass the House and get the okay from the President.
"If a deal hasn't been reached I think the first thing everybody is going to look at is the market and the creditors and our credit rating, if something negative, if there's a huge drop in the Dow right away you will see legislators running towards each other to try and hammer out at least some sort of short term agreement,” explains Shoars.
Shoars says one reason folks like Dwight are upset is because the way the government spends is entirely different than how most American households operate.
"The ways Americans run their households and the way legislators and President are running the government is the difference between a cash bar and an open bar at a wedding. We're running a cash bar, the government is spending like they're on an open bar and it's an open bar with our money,” adds Shoars.
Part of the problem is most experts aren't exactly sure when the default will happen and what will happen if the country does default on its loans.
Shoars says it's possible the interest rates on the country's debt will go up, which would mean largely Americans will be paying for it, through increased taxes.
The White House is praising senate leaders for working out a deal but is also pushing for Congress to vote on it as soon as possible to avoid missing the debt ceiling deadline.
The holiday spirit is being felt in southern Minnesota.
The different weather conditions has the Minnesota DNR urging people to not let their guard down when hitting the ice.
When the temps start dropping, going outside to start your car a few minutes before you have to leave becomes a winter routine.
A local housing trust fund is receiving some grant money that will go into a new project to provide housing for people with disabilities.
The unemployment rate for the country dropped again and experts say it's reflecting locally as well.
The Kensett man faced vehicular homicide charges.
We're expecting frigid conditions throughout the rest of the week but one group in Floyd County is helping to bring energy efficient heating to families in need.
People were strapping on their fun Christmas gear and getting ready to run or walk to celebrate the 18th annual Festival of Trees.