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Lowcountry voices concerns over government shutdown

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The crowd at Saturday's town hall meeting. The crowd at Saturday's town hall meeting.
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC -

As the government enters into the fifth day of a shutdown, U.S. Representative Mark Sanford held a town hall meeting to hear concerns from voters.

Throughout the meeting, sounds of clapping and boos could be heard as those in the audience told Rep. Sanford how they felt about a government shutdown.

"I left Washington in disgust," one woman said. "I would rather teacher and hold my head up high then work in Washington."

Federal workers who are now furloughed, military and many other different groups of people crowded the room at North Charleston City Hall. Rep. Sanford said it is important for Congress to control federal spending. Rep. Sanford said the way the Affordable Care Act is being implemented in unconstitutional.

Kyle Draganov is a contracted worker who has been furloughed this week. While the House of Representatives voted Saturday to give back pay to workers, contractors like Draganov are not included. Those workers are not getting paid during the shutdown.

"I'm unemployed. I can't work. It's scaring the hell out of me, he said." I got a daughter, a wife who's recovering from a lung transplant. How am I going to recover from this?"

Others in the room said they want Congress to stop bickering, and come to some sort of a resolution.

"[The politicians] are children," Draganov said. "They're clowns. [Harry] Reid and [John] Boehner are two clowns driving cars at each other, and we are all going to pay for it."

Rep. Sanford will hold a similar town hall meeting in Hilton Head on Monday.

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