MADISON (WKOW) -- Day seven passed of the federal government shutdown.
Both sides are still bitterly divided with no end in sight.
Monday, Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan was in Madison discussing the shutdown at a local senior center.
Pocan has been a vocal critic of the shutdown and says enough moderate republicans now support a clean spending bill that doesn't defund the Affordable Care Act to reopen the government.
"I think if you would just allow a vote, it would pass. Because I think there's enough members on the republican side, they have a 17 seat margin, last time I looked it was 21 republicans who said they would vote for it. Unless they're not telling the truth back home, we have an opportunity to pass it."
The federal government shut down a week ago when Congress failed to pass a temporary spending plan.
House republicans refused to pass a bill that didn't defund or delay Obamacare while the democratic senate won't allow any spending plan to affect the new healthcare law.
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