By Geneva Sands - 09/22/11 03:27 PM EDT
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Tea Party Republicans are to blame for the government lurching toward a possible shutdown.
Durbin said this is the third time this year that Congress has been unable to agree on spending measures to keep the government funded. Each time, the possibility of a government shutdown has been raised.
"We're watching the Tea Party shutdown movie for the third time this year," he said in comments on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday.
Durbin said that despite the obstructionism he believes is caused by the Tea Party, he is optimistic that President Obama's jobs bill has a chance of passing.
"There are Republican senators that are courageous, that are speaking up, who are saying we should do this on a bipartisan basis," said Durbin.
He told MSNBC that he thought Congress would be more open to compromise after returning from the August recess. "I thought the last thing in the world the Republicans would want to do is see another shutdown," said Durbin.