LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Congressman Ron Kind said the government is broken and needs to be fixed quickly.
On Thursday, he made a stop at the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La Crosse to talk with employees.
Democratic Congressman Ron kind said it’s embarrassing the government was shutdown.
He also said he’ll keep reaching out to members of congress from the other side of the aisle, so the federal government doesn’t run into more problems in January or February.
“There has to be a better way of resolving these differences without holding these federal employees hostage to the antics that are being played in Washington,” said Kind.
Thursday was the first full day back at work for all employees at the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La Crosse.
The Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center has about 100 employees.
All of them were furloughed, but three of them worked reduced hours to keep the building running and to keep fish and animals alive.
President Obama signed legislation early Thursday morning to keep funding the federal government through January 15 and to extend the borrowing authority until February 7.
Republican Congressman Sean Duffy said he voted against raising the debt ceiling.
In a statement he said, “I still believe it is immoral for our government to continue living for today while saddling our children with the debt and inevitable tax increases to pay for it.”
Kind said the temporary fix prolongs the uncertainty for workers, their families and businesses.
“We can’t become a deadbeat nation. It would hurt us economically, and as importantly it would hurt our prestige throughout the globe, if this type of political performance continues in Washington,” said Kind.
Kind said there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done in Washington.
The Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center director said the furloughs delayed work in getting experiments done and analyzing results.
He also said they won’t be able to start some work that was planned.