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Blumenthal a “Yes” to Shut Down Government, Murphy Unsure

January 18, 2018 By Staff
Blumenthal a “Yes” to Shut Down Government, Murphy Unsure

Connecticut's two senators seem to be equivocating on a shutdown, now that a Republican is in the Oval Office.

[D]evastating impacts to the Connecticut economy.” “The harm is now and urgent.”

That’s how Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) spoke about the 2013 government shutdown, and rightfully so. A Standard & Poor’s analysis found that the 16-day shutdown “took a $24 billion chunk out of the U.S. economy.”

Rather than learn from the mistakes of 2013, though, Murphy and Blumenthal, now facing a member of the opposite party in the White House, are equivocating on a shutdown in 2017. Blumenthal admitted this week he would likely vote against a short-term spending bill; in other words, he would vote to shut down the government.

The Hill reported on Blumenthal’s comments on Wednesday:

“I’ll vote against a short term spending bill — the fourth in as many months — because it simply kicks the can down the road,” Blumenthal said Wednesday. “It holds hostage not only the Dreamers but also defense spending, military and nonmilitary, the health community facilities bill, aid for disaster relief.”

Murphy seemed less sure, in an interview with The Washington Post published on Wednesday.

“I think there’s a lot of reluctance to take what Republicans throw at us without any negotiation,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who remained undecided on the bill. “I mean, what’s amazing to us is, we’re 48 hours from a shutdown, and Republicans aren’t willing to engage in a good-faith negotiation with Democrats.”

Reclaim Connecticut believes both senators would be talking very differently about a shutdown if a Democrat was president.