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By Grant Bissell

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Several politicians are blaming the Tea Party for causing the government shutdown, and some of the strongest words are coming from Democrat and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"The Tea Party, the anarchists. And I say that without any equivocation. They do not want government to work on any level," said Reid. "Any day that's a bad day for government is a cheering day for them."

But Michelle Moore, executive director of the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition, says the idea that Tea Party idealists are pulling the strings of the Republican Party is outrageous. In fact, she feels the Tea Party doesn't have enough influence.

"It's so funny I have to laugh because on the one hand 'The Tea Party is dead, we've lost all of our power, we've accomplished nothing.' And then you hear the president and people like Harry Reid say we're 'the anarchists' and it's all our fault and we're the ones who have done all this. Well, you can't have it both ways," said Moore.

She says Sen. Reid's comments are disrespectful. And finger-pointing won't solve the actual issue.

"The Democrats and the Republicans in the House and the Senate have had several years to pass an actual budget, which they have neglected to do. There have been several versions of the continuing resolution that could have been passed that would have completely avoided the shutdown that we're currently in," she said.

Critics say House Speaker John Boehner gave into Tea Party demands in order to keep his leadership position.

Missouri Democratic Congressman Lacy Clay said in a statement "John Boehner caved into the anarchists in his own caucus who have shut down the government in an effort to kill the affordable care act. But, that's not going to happen."

Moore says the Affordable Care Act is the sticking point in all this. But Republicans and Tea Party members simply can't give in on funding the act.

"If you're going to have values and you're going to have things that you believe in as a party and you don't stick to them until the end then what is the point of ever having those values?" said Moore.

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