By Casey Nolen
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A former Missouri senator is speaking out about the shutdown and has a message for current lawmakers.
Republican Sen. John Danforth describes Washington today as "completely broke," and he says the Tea Party is "trashing" the Republican Party.
Sen. Danforth is one of several former senators and representatives who have signed an open letter to lawmakers as part of an organization called Fix Our Debt. It is a bi-partisan group of former lawmakers demanding both parties make hard choices to reduce the nation's $17 trillion debt.
Sen. Danforth's criticism of those currently running the government is certainly bi-partisan, too. He blames, not just the Tea Party, but senate Democrats and the president for drawing what he calls, "no compromise, red lines."
The Fix Our Debt organization of former lawmakers has some fairly specific suggestions and dire warnings for lawmakers.
We have posted our entire interview with Sen. Danforth. It can be found to the left of this story.