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Sen. Rob Portman: 2013 Govt Shutdown 'Didn't Turn Out Too Well'

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Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio (Tom Williams/AP)

By    |   Friday, 19 January 2018 11:53 AM

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, fired a warning shot Friday to Democrats regarding the looming government shutdown.

Recalling the 2013 shutdown that lasted 16 days, Portman said during an appearance on CNBC, "It didn't turn out too well."

"This is an opportunity to remind ourselves of what happened in 2013," Portman said. "Let's not shut down the government, let's keep it running."

The House passed a bill Thursday night to keep the government open for business through Feb. 16, but the legislation's fate in the Senate is up in the air. At issue is what to do with people who have benefited from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Lawmakers have until March to pass legislation that would protect the roughly 700,000 people from being deported.

Republicans and Democrats have been unable to come up with a solution, which could lead to the government shutting down Friday night.

President Donald Trump tweeted about the possible shutdown Friday morning, putting the onus on Democrats to break party lines and vote for the short-term spending bill that would avoid having to close many aspects of the government.

Portman told CNBC Democrats are merely trying to "score political points" with the people they represent with their opposition to the spending bill.

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