The founders gave us three branches of government for a reason.(checks and balances) No Republican president and no Democrat president should ever be allowed to use innocent government workers as their bargaining chip to gain leverage on political issues that did not go their way. OPEN THE GOVERNMENT and then let congress get to work negotiating a Budget and debt ceiling and whatever else they need to. The senate majority leader and the House speaker no matter what political party should not refuse to put bills on the floor to a vote. Let the bills be voted up or down and let the President veto if that is his desire. And if he does veto then congress should negotiate and lobby their fellow congressman to override the vetos if that is in the best interest of our country!!!!