‘That’s Wrong’

Sen. Feinstein: ‘The Last Thing We Need Is For The Government To Shut Down’

FLASHBACK: SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “…basically, it's sort of like this. Someone goes into your house, takes your wife and children hostage and then, says, let's negotiate over the price of your house. You know, we could do the same thing on immigration. We believe strongly in immigration reform. We could say, ‘we’re shutting down the government, we’re not gonna raise the debt ceiling, until you pass immigration reform.’ It would be governmental chaos.” (ABC’s “This Week,” 10/6/13)

SEN. MANCHIN: ‘Shame On Any Of Us If We Sit Here And Say, OK, We’re Going To Let It Run Out For The Sake Of Politics And Shut The Government Down’

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT): “…I certainly hope there is not a government shutdown. Government shutdown would be a disaster to this country…” (ABC News’ “This Week,” 1/7/2018)

CHUCK TODD, NBC: “Before I let you go, we’re shutting down the government if DACA -- if a DACA compromise doesn’t happen?” SEN. MICHAEL BENNET (D-CO): “I -- Chuck, I hope it doesn’t come to that.” TODD: “But it is worth it? It is potentially worth it?” BENNET: “We -- it should not come to that. We should stop shutting this government down.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 1/14/2018)

SEN. CLAIRE McCASKILL (D-MO): “I am not interested in drawing a line in sand as negotiations continue because I think that’s how negotiations get blown up.” (“As Shutdown Talk Rises, Trump’s Immigration Words Pose Risks For Both Parties,” The New York Times, 1/16/2018)

SEN. CHRIS COONS (D-DE): “No one should want a shutdown.” (@FrankThorp, Twitter, 1/16/2018)

SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D-WV): “If my fellow colleagues and Democrats in the caucus want to do something with that [threaten a shutdown over DACA], that’s wrong. That doesn’t fix anything. We have a shutdown looming. We have to make sure this government runs and operates in a functional way. It takes all of us working as Americans.” (CBS’ “Face The Nation,” 1/14/2018)

  • JOHN DICKERSON, CBS: “Let me ask you, speaking of extremes, government funding looks like it`s going to run out here. Is there going to be a deal on that, are we headed for another one of these moments?” SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D-WV): “Well, first of all, John, shame on any of us if we sit here and say, OK, we’re going to let it run out for the sake of politics and shut the government down. None of us should be sitting there, none of us even should be representing the good states that we represent, such as West Virginia and Colorado and Arkansas, if we allow that to happen. There’s no sense for that to happen. We can come to an agreement.” (CBS’ “Face The Nation,” 1/14/2018)

DECEMBER FLASHBACK: Many Senate Dems Were ‘Resolutely Against Shut Down Under Any Circumstances’

SEN. TIM KAINE (D-VA): Is “resolutely against shut down under any circumstances.” (“Divisions In Both Parties Over Spending Raise Risks Of A Shutdown On Friday,” Washington Post’s Powerpost, 12/5/2017)

SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CA): “The last thing we need is for the government to shut down.” (“Trump, Democrats Restart Talks To Avert Shutdown,” Politico, 12/04/2017)

SEN. JON TESTER (D-MT): “I still don’t think government shutdown is a good thing.” (“Schumer Walks Tightrope On Shutdown, Immigration Fights,” The Hill, 12/7/2017)

SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE (D-RI): “I do not want to participate in creating an environment in which anything looks like an ultimatum that can be used by the Republicans to shift the blame for a shutdown.” (“Dems Back Away From Brink On Dreamers,” Politico, 12/12/2017)

SEN. CHRIS MURPHY (D-CT): “Obviously, I want a Dreamers fix… I’m not sure that it serves our purposes to draw hard lines in the sand in the middle of negotiations.” (“Dems Back Away From Brink On Dreamers,” Politico, 12/12/2017)

SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D-VW): “‘I’m not shutting anything down. I just want to work through. It’s ridiculous to have a shutdown in any conversation.’ … When asked about immigration, Manchin cut off a reporter. ‘You’re talking about DACA and dreamers? Yeah, that’s very, very important, and I really sympathize with them, but I’ve told them that I’m not a vote to shut down.’” (“Divisions In Both Parties Over Spending Raise Risks Of A Shutdown On Friday,” Washington Post’s Powerpost, 12/5/2017)

“Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday batted down suggestions that a fight over a key Obama-era immigration program would spark a government shutdown. ‘We don't think we're going to get to that.’” (“Schumer Downplays Shutdown Chances Over DACA Fight,” The Hill, 12/5/2017)


Related Issues: Appropriations, Senate Democrats