Fifth District Congressman Mick Mulvaney says he's proud of his fellow Republicans as the federal government shutdown continues.

I'm not happy with the shutdown. I want to make that perfectly clear,” Mulvaney said.  “But I'm so happy with the way that the party has conducted itself over the past couple of weeks because we've stood firm to our principles for the first time since I've been here.

I still think that at the end of the day, we're doing and I'm very comfortable having this debate because that's how afraid I am of 'Obamacare' and its impact.” he added.

Speaking yesterday on WVOC's “Jonathon and Kelly Show,” Mulvaney said he expects the fight to last at least until the end of the week.

House Republicans have proposed reopening portions of government, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, but that has failed.

Sixth District Congressman James Clyburn, speaking on the House floor, criticized that piecemeal approach.

Now they're using our patriotic heroes as pawns in their petty, partisan, political game,” Clyburn said.

Veterans should not have to choose between having their claims processed and their grandchildren educated.  Their family members...should be able to...receive their medical treatments and enjoy our national resources,” he said.

Democrats charge that the GOP is to blame for the shutdown and shouldn't get to pick which parts of government should reopen.