Durbin’s remarks were in reaction to a House Republican announcement that they would advance a government spending bill that defunds ObamaCare — something Democrats have said would lead to a government shut down.


“If that is what the Tea Party Republicans think is leadership, God save the United States of America,” Durbin said.

Unless Congress agrees on continued spending resolution (CR) by Oct. 1, the government will shut down.

Durbin said the situation was avoidable because it was a “self-imposed crisis” created by House Republicans.

Some Republicans have said the plan to tie government funding to an ObamaCare repeal is ill-conceived and will risk the economic recovery. But Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbyists race to cash in on cannabis boom Rising star Ratcliffe faces battle to become Trump's intel chief This little engine delivers results for DC children MORE (R-Ohio) needs Tea Party members to pass a spending resolution with solely GOP votes. Tea Party members have said this is the best chance Republicans have in repealing the law.