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Sen. Shelby: Government Shutdown 'No-Win' for Democrats, Republicans

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Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 30 July 2018 09:02 PM

A government shutdown is a “no-win” for both parties, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.,  told reporters Monday evening on Capitol Hill, The Hill reports.

"Oh no, I don't think anybody wins on that. I think that's a no-win for both parties. I think Democrats will tell you that, too," Shelby said.

The comments from the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee came one day after President Donald Trump threatened to shut down the government if Democrats refuse to vote for changes he seeks to the U.S. immigration system, including building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

"I would be willing to 'shut down' government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall!" Trump tweeted. "Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT!”

Democrats and some Republicans have opposed Trump’s changes, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday said he had no plans for a shut down. Instead, the Kentucky Republican said the Senate would be finishing up a package of budget bills this week as Congress moves toward the Sept. 30 deadline to pass government funding legislation.

Shelby said border funding was important, but keeping the government open was a higher priority.

"I hope the president — he's making his point regarding the wall and his interest in protecting the borders. We all understand that but in the meantime we're trying to fund the government to keep any shutdown period from happening. And regular order and we're going to continue along that vein," he said.

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A government shutdown is a "no-win" for both parties, Sen. Richard Shelby told reporters Monday evening on Capitol Hill, The Hill reports."Oh no, I don't think anybody wins on that. I think that's a no-win for both parties. I think Democrats will tell you that, too," Shelby...
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