Shutdown protests clash on Court Street

By Erika Mahoney

October 4, 2013 Updated Oct 4, 2013 at 7:18 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The standstill in Washington is making Americans restless.

As the government shutdown entered day four, tensions spilled onto the streets of downtown Binghamton.

The Norwich Tea Party Patriots and Citizen Action of New York crowded the Metro Center causing tensions to flare.

While members from both of the organizations are against the shutdown, the paths they want Congress to take toward a solution run in opposite directions.

"We are tired of being blamed for the shutdown of the federal government," Gilda Ward, Coordinator of Norwich Tea Party Patriots, said. "Every time the House Republicans have presented a bill to them, with the continuing resolution, and with amendments to either defund or delay Obamacare, or even delay certain portions of Obamacare, every single time, Senator Reid has refused to act at all. He has refused to even budge. And same thing with President Obama."

While she is putting the blame on Senator Harry Reid and President Barack Obama, some members of Citizen Action are pointing fingers right back at the Tea Party and House Republicans.

"I blame the Republicans in the Tea Party," Lee Conrad, President of Broome Tioga Federation of Labor, said. "I think that is a minority group that is holding the country and the American people hostage. Enough is enough. The American people have clearly said, send through a clean bill."

At the center of the debate is the controversial Affordable Care Act.

"Why am I here? Trying to defund Obamacare," William Brenchley, a member of the Norwich Tea Party, said.

"We had 2 million people go to the website just on Tuesday alone on the first need," Mary Clark, Regional Director of Citizen Action of New York, said. "There's a real need for healthcare. Why would we want to delay healthcare for another year, it's been way too long in the waiting."

Until a resolution is reached in Congress, these protesters will continue voicing their opinions.