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A rally held Friday to urge Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., to vote to reopen the federal government was quickly countered by Terry supporters who said they favored the shutdown.
The opposing groups rallied in the parking lot in front of Terry's Omaha office at 11717 Burt St.
A group of about 40 held signs stating, “Shame on Lee Terry” and “No Work No Pay.” A smaller group elsewhere in the lot held pro-Terry signs, including one stating, “I support Lee.”
John Jensen, 68, of Omaha said the U.S. House shouldn't “play games” with paying government workers or jeopardizing Americans' access to government programs.
“We are all here today to call on Rep. Lee Terry to vote to end the government shutdown with a clean bill to fund our government,” said Jensen, vice president of the National Education Association Retired.
“Americans nationwide are feeling the effects of the shutdown and are outraged by Congress' inability to do something that is as fundamental as continuing to fund our government.”
Jensen said he expects Terry “to work with the other side.”
The rally was organized by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and other groups.
The federal government began a partial shutdown Oct. 1 after Congress failed to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government.
Terry has said he does not support the government shutdown. He said he has backed the strategy that led to the shutdown, supporting bills to fund the government only if the health care law was delayed or defunded.
He also has said he wants to make sure President Obama negotiates with Republicans before he votes to raise the debt ceiling temporarily.
Others outside the congressman's office said they support the shutdown and Terry's performance in Washington.
Pat McPherson of Omaha, long active in Republican Party politics, said that he appreciates the work Terry is doing and that his critics are just political operatives.
Stan Klein Sr., a Vietnam War veteran, said he's glad a faction in the GOP is trying to defund Obamacare.
“This is not a fight between political parties,” Klein said. “This is a fight between the people and the administration.”