GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - On day nine of the federal government shutdown, the debate appeared to be somewhat more positive.
Wednesday, President Barack Obama invited several high-ranking Republicans to the White House for a Thursday meeting to start working out some sort of deal.
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) will be among those at the White House sit-down, which is the next best hope for getting a budget passed and the government back up and running.
He released this statement about the meeting Wednesday evening:
"Right now, folks in Michigan and across the country are tired of government dysfunction. They want their leaders to talk through and tackle the difficult issues. For the past few weeks, my focus has been on how we can bridge this partisan divide and thoughtfully address our long-term fiscal challenges. It is time for all parties to work together to find some real solutions, including long overdue budget and tax reforms that will boost the economy, encourage job growth, and reduce spending. I am hopeful that the President will reason with us and be willing to negotiate tomorrow as we work to meaningfully address our challenges and do what is right for all Americans."
But a hint of optimism has failed before. Tuesday, a short-term agreement while both sides negotiated was proposed. It would have opened government and allowed borrowing as Republicans and Democrats continued to hash out permanent plan. That fell apart after Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner held dueling news conferences.
In the meantime, Democratic Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow weighed in on the shutdown Wednesday, making it clear who she blames.
Stabenow said a "minority of the minority" is 'hijacking the economy' and 'threatening our democracy.'
The Republican representatives 24 Hour News 8 has spoken to in the last week have a different take.
But no matter who blames who, the question is whether both sides can figuratively hold their nose and come up with any sort of deal -- long- or short-term -- to keep the markets from dropping further as they anticipate the worst.
==Watch above: 24 Hour News 8 Political Reporter Rick Albin analyzes how the economy could react as the shutdown drags on.==
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About a dozen people were displaced.
One person was arrested after a threatening comment resulted in a school district briefly locking down its schools Friday morning.