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October 1st, 2013
08:21 PM ET

Sen. Durbin slams "Tea Party" shutdown

On Day One of the government shutdown, Sen. Dick Durbin blames Speaker John Boehner, Sen. Ted Cruz, and others for the "Tea Party" shutdown. The Democrat from Illinois tells Wolf Blitzer a meeting between Obama and Congressional leaders "will probably happen" soon.

Filed under: Government shutdown • Senate
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Chuckie

    What do the Republicans have as an alternative to not funding the ACA ? What are the uninsured, those with pre-existing conditions, students, women, and all others who are overpriced in the market going to turn to instead?

    October 4, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
  2. Rich Texas

    With congress having just a 10 percent approval rating I think the wrong part of government has been shut down.

    October 2, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
  3. Rich Texas

    I can not see a happy outcome for the republican party with this government shut down and I fear they really do not see one either.
    The time has come for them to collectively pull up their big boy pants and come to the realization that this was another complete waste of time.

    October 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
  4. Rich Texas

    I think at this point in time a meeting between the president and the republican leaders is necessary but is most probably a waste of time.
    For the republican party to allow their junior Tea Party members to extort the government over a law that has already passed and has been upheld by the SCOTUS is by far the dumbest thing the republican party leaders have ever done.

    This is not about the funding of the ACA. This is about destroying the American economy and the livelihood of the American people. You do not close the government because you don't get your way. That is like a child throwing a tantrum and holding his breath stomping his feet until he turns blue. Once he passes out he will start breathing again on his own and it will have to come to that point with the republicans as well.

    The sad part about this government shutdown is that it accomplishes nothing beneficial.. The risk of this shut down to the republican party's reputation and standing could prove to be costly in the eyes of the voters..

    October 2, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
  5. Charles L. Morse Sr

    Dick can slam Tea Party all he wants , It wont hurt our feelings and wont change a dame thing . We support the people not the political propaganda players .

    October 2, 2013 at 1:19 am |
  6. Jose

    Now I have seen everything. Every time there is a Democrat in office, the Republicans want to threat with a shutdown. From now on I will vote, VOTE, VOTE everything Democrat because at least they act with the people in mind and not as group house reps. that wants to see a point on their score board. Unless there is another Ronald Reagan, Hispanics will NEVER vote for a Republican again.

    October 1, 2013 at 10:39 pm |
  7. Phil, Jersey

    What are Democrats getting from negotiations. Its like two men sitting at a bar and running up the tab and then the one man has the audacity to turn and say we are not going to pay this Bill unless you give me your car, house, your kids cant go to college and then we can pay the Bill. What sense does that make, you both ran up the don't get a ransom for paying your bill.
    Either the whole government is funded or NOTHING is funded!! How about Congress not getting paid while the government is closed. DID THE REPUBLICANS TRY TO PASS THAT BILL??? OF COURSE NOT...

    October 1, 2013 at 8:53 pm |

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