Durbin Pushes Shutdown Blame On Trump

Steve Miller
January 11, 2019 - 5:17 pm

Jack Gruber-USA TODAY

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Friday did not sound optimistic Friday that the partial shutdown of the federal government will be resolved quickly.

 "We're no closer now to resolving the problem than we were a week ago,” Durbin, a Democrat, told reporters during an appearance at the Union League Club.

President Trump is at odds with Democratic leaders in the House over funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, which Democrats oppose. That issue has become tied up in a funding measure that is supposed to keep the government running.

Durbin said if President Trump does an end run around Congress and declares and emergency to get money to build a wall it will be challenged in court.

“The president said several weeks ago he was proud of this shutdown – 800,000 federal workers will not receive their paychecks this week, as a result of this decision,” Durbin said.

“For some of them, it’s a real hardship. They’re living paycheck to paycheck, trying to pay their mortgage, rent, gasoline for their cars or daycare for their children. It’s just unfair and it doesn’t make us any safer.”

The shutdown is on the brink of becoming the longest ever, and Congress has taken the weekend off.