(10/04/13) - It's day four of the government's partial shutdown and there's still no sign of lawmakers reaching a deal to end it.
Gov. Rick says he's troubled by all the uncertainty in Washington.
"The federal government shutdown is a problem. It's a mess and they should go solve it so I really encourage the federal government to get their act together and get the budget back in place," he said.
He's concerned that programs for people in need, such as WIC and food assistance, could run low on funding by the end of this month if a deal isn't reached.
He says lawmakers from both parties need to solve this problem before it gets worse and come up with an acceptable budget.
"I really encourage people in Washington to get their act together and solve this problem. No one is benefiting from this and it's not helping anyone in our country or in our state. I don't want to get in the middle of issues in Washington but if you look at Michigan, we had serious issues. We went through two shutdowns in three years before I came governor, since then we've shown how people can work together and succeed together," he said.
ABC12 also asked the governor about Affordable Care Act - the main issue dividing Republicans and Democrats in Congress.
He says lawmakers also need to work through the challenges presented by the launch of that program.
In addition to the political controversy, website problems kept many people from enrolling online when the marketplace officially opened Tuesday.