6:43 PM PT — Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018
Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Richard Shelby (R-AL), decries partisan politics behind the ongoing government shutdown.
Senator Shelby said the political “blame game” over the shutdown makes no sense, and doesn’t make lawmakers look good either, in an interview on Sunday.
He stressed the lack of bipartisan cooperation in congress is “silly.”
His comments came as the partial government shutdown entered its ninth day Sunday, as democrats refuse to fund the President’s border wall.
The Senator added the shutdown could last for a while unless the sides reach a bipartisan compromise. He went on to say, “I do believe the President would like to work to get to yes.”
Further, Shelby cited his time working with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and said he thinks the democrat “would like to fund the government,” but questioned when congress would end the “blame game,” and get to “serious negotiations.”
The republican also stressed the U.S. must secure its borders from the influx of drugs, crime, and illegal arrivals.