Round Says Little Support In Congress For Shutdown Repeat

The clock is ticking down to another possible federal government shutdown if no agreement is reached on border wall funding by next Friday. South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds says there is no support for another shutdown…

“Just in, within our Conference alone, we are fed up with shutdowns, we didn’t like them in the first place. We have no desire to have it. We passed a bill out of the Senate on a voice vote before we left before Christmas and sent it to the house. We thought we had approval of the White House with us on it or we wouldn’t have sent it over in the first place.”
Rounds says they were waiting for a deal between the White House and House democrats…

“That point it became clear that the President would then have to establish what he would accept with the House Democrats who have entirely different ideas about what they will accept, but we weren’t going to get back involved with it because at this stage of the game we’d already laid out our plans to move forward. And we now needed the other two sides to come together. We still think that’s the right position to be in, we don’t like it but that is basically a statement of where the facts are today.”
Rounds says the Senate may come up with another proposal…

“We’re gonna let everybody else know we’re not happy with it and that at some stage of the game we will be actively involved in it and neither side may like what we have, but we don’t want another shutdown.”
Congressional negotiators are attempting to find a compromise to avoid another shutdown.