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Protesters gather outside Rep. Walorski’s office over shutdown

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A group took to the street in front of Rep. Jackie Walorski's district office in Mishawaka in hopes of delivering a message.

"Long-term budget, long-term budget," was their chant.

The group wants Rep. Walorski to vote to end the shutdown with a clean bill that doesn't include things like changes to Affordable Care Act.

The protest was led by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and included members of other groups, such as Democracy For America, MoveOn.org, and CREDO.

Holding a sign saying "Negotiate! Negotiate!," Lois Clark said "I'm not standing here for political parties, I'm standing here for humanity that is hurting today." Clark, a member of the Michiana Peace and Justice Collation, says she held the same sign up outside the Federal Building in South Bend earlier in the week.

"I just think it's a day that our nation has to shut down - the greatest nation on Earth to come to this," said Tom Doty of Mishawaka. "Why can't they negotiate with everyone else to bring an end to the shutdown."

Rep. Walorski's office issued the following statement about the protest:

"Congresswoman Walorski is currently in Washington. She remains dedicated to working with Members on both sides of the aisle to find commonsense solutions to end this disappointing government shutdown.  Since October 1st, Congresswoman Walorski voted thirteen times to fund essential programs for Hoosier families, and nearly all of these measures remain on hold in the Senate. Moving forward, she remains focused on addressing our nation's budget issues and sending people back to work.  The Mishawaka and D.C. offices remain open during regular business hours to field questions and assist constituents."

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