PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Kentucky's senior senator is confident the federal government will be back open soon.
Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Kentuckians should not worry about the shutdown dragging on for a long time.
"I think the shutdown will be ended pretty soon because both sides have an agreement that we don't want to shut the government down," McConnell said Saturday. "We are having an argument over ObamaCare but we don't want to shut the government down. We'll get it back up and operating soon."
Republicans want a budget deal to include reductions in funding for ObamaCare.
But Democrats argue the law is already on the books and should not be changed.
"We just have to find a way," Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Ca., said earlier this week. "We have to find a path they can go down. But if they keep moving the goalposts and won't even accept their own number, if they don't take yes for an answer, then I can only conclude they want a shutdown government."
McConnell said ObamaCare needs to be repealed even though many people in Kentucky have already signed up for coverage.
Nearly 11 thousand Kentuckians had applied through the state's new benefits exchange as of Friday, according to statistics from Gov. Steve Beshear's office.
"I don't know how many people have actually signed up, but there are apparently only a couple plans available," McConnell said. "For younger people their premiums are going to skyrocket. And I don't think it's going to be a good deal for anybody, whether you're able to sign up or not."
McConnell made a stop at the Kentucky Apple Festival in Paintsville Saturday before flying back to Washington, D.C.