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'There Has Been A Breakdown In The Legislative Process' Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers Tells KHQ.

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In an interview with KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus Thursday afternoon, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers answered questions about the shutdown and the progress she says lawmakers hope to make.

She says "I think everyone is anxious to move forward... We need to address the issues that are on people's mind whether it's a continuing stagnant economy, the debt crisis or the healthcare bill."

According to the Washington State Unemployment Office, 5,967 federal workers and ex-military members filed for unemployment in the state of Washington during the shutdown. On Thursday, the Congresswoman was asked, what she would say to them.

"Well I tell them I never wanted the shutdown of the government. I supported 4 bills out of the house that supported the government to keep it open."

A recent Standard & Poor's estimate says the shutdown has taken at least $24 billion dollars out of the U.S. economy. Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers was also asked if the shutdown was worth it.

"Well no one wanted to shutdown the government. I didn't want to shut down the government. I have a responsibility to the people who elected me to make tough decisions, be a problem solver and that has been my approach."

You can listen to the entire unedited phone interview with the Congresswoman above.

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