Though the Tea Party is getting most of the blame, one of the most powerful politicians in the country is saying that all the political parties should be ashamed tonight.
Longtime Sen. Dianne Feinstein is not mincing words. She spoke on the senate floor earlier today about the financial impact the government shutdown has had on so many workers who live paycheck to paycheck.
NBC Bay Area asked Sen. Feinstein if she agreed with Sen. John McCain who called the shutdown shameful.
"Well, yeah I do because it's all needless. I mean keeping the government running and paying our bills, ought to be pretty simple direct things to do," she said.
You can watch the rest of her exclusive interview with Raj Mathai above.