Sen. Susan Collins, R-Me., said “absolutely nothing” was accomplished during a 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in the nation’s history.
In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” the centrist senator lamented the shutdown that affected some 800,000 federal workers — and impacted airline operations.
“I don't know how any member of the administration, or of Congress, could think that a shutdown was a worthy pursuit. It never is,” she declared.
When asked what was accomplished, she quickly replied: “Well I would say absolutely nothing. “
“Shutdowns are never good policy, ever,” she continued. “They are never to be used as a means to achieve any kind of goal no matter how important that goal may seem to be. They are ineffective, they cause tremendous harm to innocent federal employees and their families who are struggling to pay their bills without paychecks. They hurt those who depend on government services.
“We've seen the impact on air transportation just this past week. On small businesses that have contracts with federal agencies, and ultimately they damage the economy.”
Collins said in new bipartisan talks over the next three week there should be “no more short term, stopgap funding measures.”
“The best agreement that we can get is an agreement on border security, but an agreement to fund federal government through the end of the fiscal year which is September 30th,” she said. “No more short term, stopgap funding measures and we cannot have the threat of a government shutdown hanging over our people and our economy.”
As for border wall funding, Collins favors one that combines barriers, technology and personnel.
“It's gonna be a combination of physical barriers, technology, more border patrol agents, more immigration judges, more sensors,” she said. “It's got to be an all of the above approach.”
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