CHELSEA, MI (WTVB) - While 7th District Democratic candidate for Congress Pam Byrnes is speaking out against the federal government shutdown, current Republican Congressman Tim Walberg says he intends to stand his ground on defunding health care reform. Walberg says he and the G-O-P have to keep pushing for what the people have requested. He says his office has received plenty of e-mails and phone calls and while some have indicated they should just accept what the Senate wants, overwhelming numbers have said they can’t live under Obamacare.
Byrnes says that with federal employees furloughed and the impact on the economy, such a stance is "irresponsible." She says while the Tea Party people may be standing their ground, they are jeopardizing the well-being of many middle class families, warning their spending will be going down and Byrnes calls that “thoughtless”. Byrnes intends to run against the incumbent Congressman in the state's 7th congressional district in the 2014 election.