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Collins and Reed should be ashamed

The backpedaling by Reps. Chris Collins and Tom Reed, based on their interviews as reported in The News on the day after their votes to keep the government in shutdown, is a disgrace. Their statements poignantly show the dysfunction of the Republicans in Washington. They add insult to injury, after so many Americans have been negatively affected by the shutdown of “the people’s government.”

Such self-interest is abhorrent. I can only hope that the constituents in their districts vote them both out of office and send responsible representatives to Congress in the future.

Mary L. Zern

Buffalo