Oct 17, 2013 7:10 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - The federal government shutdown has shaken many Americans trust in their government. Here in Corpus Christi many people are criticizing Republican Congressman Blake Farenthold.
The most recent Gallup poll shows 81 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the government. We talked with Representative Farenthold about what the shutdown did to the nation and the fact that some residents here say they wouldn't vote for him again.
Farenthold argued that the dissatisfaction with the government likely comes more from recent scandals like Benghazi or the NSA scandal than the government shutdown.
He argued that Republicans continually proposed deals during the shutdown to end it, but says that the Democrats wouldn't budge.
We asked him about the people who say he's lost their vote; people like retired veterans who were on the verge of losing their disability checks next month.
He said the stalemate in Washington was necessary to achieve party goals.
"I feel like my mandate when I was elected was to go reduce the size of government, lower taxes, and increase freedom, and freedom isn't free, and sometimes you have to make a small sacrifice to move forward with what you're after," Congressman Farenthold said.
He continued by saying the reason Republicans finally caved in the negotiations was the debt ceiling, specifically that not being able to pay our bills would have been disastorous for the economy.