Concerned Citizens Protest Outside Congresswoman Jenkins' Office

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-The government shutdown has lasted 9 days and Wednesday, it brought protesters to the Topeka office of Republican Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins.

"What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!" yelled protestors outside of Congresswoman Lynn Jenkin's Topeka office Wednesday.

They say it's time to reopen the government and follow through with the Affordable Care Act.

"It's law, let it work, if it doesn't, it doesn't work then lets change it," said Herman Bringle.

"The people could not be speaking stronger on this and yet we have our government held hostage outside of the democratic process over partisan politics," said Pastor of Congregational Church, Joshua Longbottom to protestors.

Protestors held signs reading "power to the people and "no more taxes for the rich." They hope to get their message across to Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins.

"I think Lynn Jenkins should come out and indicate her support for negotiations, clean negotiations, not with a gun being held, figuratively speaking, to democrats' heads, but clean negotiations," said Bringle.

Congresswoman Jenkins says she has met with these protestors previously. She told 13 News, "I have been very disappointed with Washington's rhetoric, including the talk of 'putting guns to people's heads and 'holding hostages.' This extreme language is inappropriate and moves us no closer to solving any of our country's problems. We must put the American people ahead of politics and discuss how we can resolve our differences."

"We're doing what we should be doing, we should be letting them know, what we want, what we need and they should listen," said protestor, Dan Brennan.

"There is enough blame to go around for the country's fiscal mess. We need both parties to work together to change course," said Jenkins.