WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Southeastern North Carolina's representative in Congress says as an eternal optimist, he does not think the federal government will shut down.
Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District) does think that something needs to be done to get the government's act together. He says both parties are going to have to make progress together.
"There are gonna be those of us who are trying to work together with folks on both side of the aisle and say let's think with clear heads on this," McIntyre said. "Let's find a way to get spending under control. Get rid of those wasteful programs. Sunset those agencies that aren't doing their jobs or that don't need to be around anymore for the federal government, and let's try to make the wisest use of tax payers' dollars and bring this government spending under control. And that's the key really is finding a way to work together."
McIntyre headed back to Washington today. He said Congress is scheduled to meet tonight.