Sen. Durbin: We’ll Avoid Another Shutdown If Enough Republicans Come to Our Side

‘The question is, what did the shutdown teach us?’


DURBIN: “The only way to avoid another shutdown is it for senators will join democratic senators and say we're not going to go through this again. I think we're close to that. I think there are enough of guys who are just fed up with it. We need 60, 47, we need 13 of that. At a high watermark, we had nine. I think it will be hard as heck for the president to keep his ranks solid among Senate Republicans if he tries to go for another shutdown. I got my fingers crossed that that will avoid the possibility. With votes in the Senate and house, we can fund the government, maybe even over his veto. Maybe even over his veto if it reaches that point. The question is, what did the shutdown teach us? It taught us we ought to do away with shutdowns once and for all. The breaking point I saw on the 35th day, I believe this, the breaking point was when they announced that they were going to slow down air operations on the east coast.” 

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