Sen. Dick Durbin expecting government shutdown

Sen. Dick Durbin expecting government shutdown

By Sean Sullivan, Published: September 29 at 12:27 pmE-mail the writer

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Sunday he expects a government shutdown, a prospect for which he blamed Republicans.

“I’m afraid I do” think the government will shut down, Durbin said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Durbin blamed Republicans for bringing the country to the verge of a shut down, which will happen Tuesday if lawmakers don’t pass a new spending bill. The GOP-controlled House early Sunday amended a Senate-passed stopgap spending bill to include provisions aimed at delaying Obamacare and repealing the medical device tax.

Durbin made clear that the bill would go nowhere in the Senate.

“Tomorrow, the Senate will come in session,” he said. “The House position, which is basically the same one they sent us the last time, is going to be rejected again. And we’re going to face the prospect of the government shutting down come midnight Monday night/Tuesday morning.”

Durbin said he is willing to look at the medical device tax, “but not with a gun to my head. Not with the prospect of shutting down the government.”

Sean SullivanSean Sullivan covers national politics for “The Fix.” Prior to joining the Washington Post in the summer of 2012, Sean was the editor of Hotline On Call, National Journal Hotline’s politics blog. He has also worked for NHK Japan Public Broadcasting and ABC News. Sean is a graduate of Hamilton College, where he received a degree in Philosophy. He lives in Washington, D.C. Follow Sean on Twitter.

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