"Are they going to give up on Obamacare? Of course not. This is a signature achievement by the president, if you want to call it that, but it's eating America alive," he said.
Hatch said people have "every right to be angry and frustrated" and that Congress needs to find a "reasonable" solution.
Hatch, Matheson and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, are among more than 100 lawmakers who say they will forgo their pay during the shutdown. Senators and congressmen make $174,000 a year.
Irwin doesn't know what to make of the gesture, saying it seems like pandering to voters but that it's nice they're not taking money while she and others aren't getting paid.
"It's too little too late, but it's better than nothing," she said, adding that lawmakers should focus on solving the problem.
"We don't hold our elected officials responsible for their inability to do their jobs," she said. "Whether they believe in Obamacare, it is law. Their job is to push forward and enact the laws and pass a budget, and they're not doing that."
And the longer they don't, the more difficult it will be for Irwin and about 800,000 people like her across the country to pay their bills.
"If it goes longer than a couple of weeks," she said, "I'll get a waitressing job."
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