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New Members Of Congress Learning To Adjust During Shutdown

January 11, 2019 - 1:00 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The new members of Congress will need a fast learning curve as they adjust to a new job, and the challenges of a government shutdown is not making things easier.

The excitment of joining Congress has been tempered by the uncertainity, since parts of the government are shutdown, while other parts are dysfunctional, WCBS 880's Peter Haskell reported.

"We always used to joke in the Navy when you hit hard times, it was just another opportunity to excel," Rep. Mikie Sherrill told Haskell.

Sherrill is a former Navy fighter pilot and is a centrist in a democratic party with a growing progressive influence, and she's fine with that.

"We have people in our party that are motivating whole groups of our population that have never been engaged in politics before," Sherrill added. 

Sherrill is living in DC with her mom, and her husband said that may help her appeal to her millennial voters who are aso living with their parents.

The partial shutdown entered day 21 on Friday.