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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- The government shutdown now enters the third day and the question on everyone's mind is when the House and Senate will come to an agreement.

Both Senator Pryor and Senator Boozman agree there is an end in sight but it all depends on the compromise between the House and the Senate.

"I think a lot of people are shaking their head saying what are they doing over there and it's hard to explain," said Sen. Pryor.

Pryor said he feels a lot of lawmakers are putting their own interests above the country's interest.

"The problem is that you have this core group of Republican lawmakers in the House in fact my opponent is one of them who is holding this hostage saying no they want all these strings attached to this legislation," he said. 

Senator John Boozman said both sides are working hard to come to a resolution.

"My concern is the people of Arkansas being disadvantaged and that's certainly a situation that we don't want and yet it is a reality," Sen. Boozman said.

Boozman said so many people in the state are upset with the Affordable Care Act so the plan was to push back.

"Actually try to de-fund it and if that didn't work the efforts were to get a year extension just like the president gave businesses," Boozman said.

But Pryor said the shutdown causes an economic hardship that could have been avoided.

"I think people in Arkansas are sick and tired of the brinkmanship," Pryor said. "We're tired of the drama. The House I don't know why they continue to do this but they are being hyper-partisan over there and they are really their personal interest or their parties interest over the interest way ahead of the country's interest."

And once the government is up and running, both senators hope they can put the Farm Bill back on the table and try to come to an agreement. The farm bill expired on Monday which took it back to the 1949 law.

"The Senate has appointed conferees to try to get the conference to try to get this resolved, the House is yet to do so," Pryor said.

Boozman is one conferee and said the farm bill is not a partisan issue but a regional issue.

"Southern agriculture has different needs than the Midwest and the plain states have a different needs," he said.

The farm bill expiration affects more than just farmers. It also impacts the food stamp program, nutrition programs, and could spike up the price of milk.  

That's something everybody in the world wants to be like American when it comes to agriculture. I don't know why in the world these House Republicans want to jeopardize this," said Pryor.

Congress can either pass an extension of the Farm Bill that was passed in 2008, or create a new bill completely.

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