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Congresswoman Slaughter frustration with government scramble

By Eileen Buckley

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Buffalo, NY – Western New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter is tried of federal lawmakers playing beat the clock to make sure there is not a government shutdown.

Standing in Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo, Congresswoman Slaughter noted her frustration with the latest round of spending delays. Slaughter is tired of the down to the wire voting and threats of a government shut-down.

"Well it's not a good way to run a government. Certainly not the most important government on the planet. It sets a very bad example but that's what the whole year has been. I hope Americans are really disgusted, but I also hope that they're selective enough to know who's doing the hold up," said Slaughter.

Slaughter doesn't expect a shut down on Friday.

Congresswoman Slaughter is concerned about the message threats of a government shut down sends to other parts of the world.

Slaughter is hoping lawmakers make changes in 2012.

But by Monday night, the congressional fight over disaster funding that had the potential to partially shut down the government has been diffused. FEMA now says it has enough funds to cover disaster emergencies through the end of the week.

The new fiscal year begins on Saturday, meaning lawmakers won't have to hash out the dispute.

The Congresswoman appeared in Buffalo Monday to endorse democrat Maria Whyte in her run for Erie County Clerk against Republican Christopher Jacobs.