Durbin: Shutdown Ends When Republicans Say 'Enough'; Scalise: 'Congress Needs to Solve This'

By Susan Jones | January 14, 2019 | 8:34 AM EST

A political chill descends on Washington. (File Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - How does the partial government shutdown end? That was one of the main questions on the Sunday talk shows, including ABC's "This Week," where George Stephanopoulos asked Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) for his opinion.

"I think it ends when the Senate Republicans say we've had enough," Durbin responded. "We're not going to stand here and be blamed for this. We believe the government should be opened. There should be timely negotiations on border security after the government is open.

"Once the president realizes he's lost the Senate Republicans, we can roll up our sleeves, open the government and get down to business."

 

Some Republicans agree that the solution lies with Congress:

"Well, the ultimate plan is for Congress to solve this," Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) told Stephanopoulos. "And the president's been very clear, Congress needs to solve this.

"The only people that have been unwilling to put any kind of offer on the table have been Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. The president's put multiple offers on the table. We don't want it to come down to a national emergency declaration. Clearly the president's got authority under law, but he's said he doesn't want it to come to that.

"He wants Congress to solve this problem. Congress needs to solve this problem," Scalise added.

Trump on Monday complained via Twitter that many Democrat lawmakers are relaxing at a retreat in Puerto Rico as the shutdown enters day 24.

"Nancy and Cryin’ Chuck can end the Shutdown in 15 minutes. At this point it has become their, and the Democrats, fault!" Trump tweeted. "I've been waiting all weekend. Democrats must get to work now. Border must be secured!"

In an interview with Fox News's Jeanine Pirro on Saturday, President Trump reasserted his right to declare a national emergency on the border:

"Well, I have the absolute right to call a national emergency. Other presidents have called many national emergencies for things of lesser importance, frankly, than this. And I have the right to do it.

"I'd rather see the Democrats come back from their vacation and act. They're not acting, and they're the ones that are holding it up. It would take me 15 minutes to get a deal done, and everybody could go back to work. But I'd like to see them act responsibly, and they're not acting responsibly, and that's it."

Trump is insisting on $5.6 billion for a border wall, but so far, Democrats have refused to give it to him.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) told "Fox News Sunday" that Democrats were willing to give Trump $1.3 billion for border security in Fiscal Year 2019, on top of the $1.3 billion appropriated earlier, but Trump held out for the full $5.6 billion.

"I do think if we reopen the government, if the president ends this shutdown crisis, we have folks who can negotiate a responsible, modern investment in technology that will actually make us safer," Coons said.


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