Lawmakers here are weighing in on the blame game in Washington, and Governor Bill Haslam is taking a different stance from state House Republicans.
The Republican caucus sent a letter to the president Tuesday. They blamed the president and his Democratic allies in the Senate for supporting a maneuver to shut down the government to protect part of the Affordable Care Act. All but two of the chamber's 26 Republicans signed the letter.
Governor Bill Haslam took a different approach and criticized federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
"If there's a breakdown on something, there's usually blame on both sides. And in this case that's what you have," he said.
Governor Haslam says Republicans are focusing too much on the shutdown when the focus should be on the early stumbles of the new health care plan.