The Washington Times - October 2, 2013, 01:29PM

Rep. Michael Grimm, New York Republican, said on the second day of the government shutdown that he sees an end in sight and that the meeting at the White House with leaders of Congress on Wednesday is a step in the right direction.

“I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get this government funded as soon as possible. We have today broken some ground, I do see some light at the end of the tunnel,” he said Wednesday on CNN.

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GOP House Speaker John Boehner, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell will meet at the White House with President Obama at 5:30 on Wednesday.

Mr. Grimm talked about how even personnel who were not required to report to work are essential to keeping the government running and the country safe.

“We’re the ones who are nonessential, it’s Congress who should be taking the hit,” he said.