WASHINGTON (WAVY) - The country is on day 15 of the government shutdown and is two days away from the Treasury Department hitting its borrowing limit.
The House of Representatives was supposed to vote Tuesday night on a Republican plan for reopening the government and raising its debt ceiling, but that vote was canceled.
The proposal would have suspended a new tax on medical devices for two years, and take away the federal government's contributions to health care for lawmakers and top administration officials.
The plan would have also funded the government through Jan. 15 and give the Treasury the ability to borrow normally through Feb. 7.
For now, as the stalemate continues, Democratic senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner pointed their fingers at the House of Representatives, namely Tea Party Republicans. But Congressman Scott Rigell said that both sides of the aisle are to blame.
"I think Senator Reid has contributed to this, I think that the president himself, when he articulated his absolute no negotiation, really? No negotiation in a representative republic like ours? We're trying to address the root cause of the problem -- why the debt limit needs to be raised in the first place,” Rigell told WAVY.com.
One thing on which Rigell, Warner and Kaine all agree is that our country's reputation has already been damaged by this debt and budget crisis, and Warner warns if quick action isn't taken, all Americans will feel the effects of higher interest rates on all types of loans.
A Suffolk man told police an HVAC system weighing about three tons was stolen from his property sometime last week.
A Newport News mother was arrested in York County for drug charges while she was with her children, according to the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office.
Sgt. Chris Meier with Smithfield Police confirmed a sexual assault took place at the Smithfield Foods packing plant last month.