GOP rep: Shutdown is ‘the dumbest way to do government in the world’

GOP rep: Shutdown is ‘the dumbest way to do government in the world’
© Greg Nash

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerTensions between the United States and Russia over Venezuela increase Booker, Gabbard to make appearances with Colbert The Hill's 12:30 Report: Cohen back on the hot seat MORE (R-Ill.) expressed his frustration over the ongoing government shutdown during an interview Thursday, calling it the "dumbest" method of governing found on Earth.

In an interview with CNN's "New Day," Kinzinger tore into both parties for refusing to compromise on the issue of border security, with President TrumpDonald John TrumpThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Obama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as 'an attack on humanity' Schiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference MORE demanding $5.7 billion worth of wall funding in any bill to reopen the government.


“I think shutdowns are stupid. I think it’s the dumbest way to do government in the world,” Kinzinger told CNN. "We start using these stupid shutdown leverage points to try to get our way because we can’t give the other side any kind of a win."

"My view is, when we can open parts of government, and in essence kind of release hostages in this process, in this really bad way of doing government, I'll vote for it if the bill's agreeable," he added, speaking about Democrats' series of bills aimed at funding various parts of the government the House plans to pass this week.

The shutdown reached its 20th day on Thursday as Democrats and Republicans remained unable to reach a deal to reopen the federal government, which has remained partially closed since Dec. 22.

Trump emerged from a meeting with top Democrats on Wednesday declaring such negotiations a "waste of time," while Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiSenate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller End of Mueller shifts focus to existing probes Democrats renew attacks on Trump attorney general MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars Dem legal analyst says media 'overplayed' hand in Mueller coverage Former FBI official praises Barr for 'professional' press conference MORE (D-N.Y.) hit the president for throwing a "temper tantrum" and storming out of the talks.

The bills passed by the Democratic House to reopen the government are unlikely to go anywhere in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller Anti-smoking advocates question industry motives for backing higher purchasing age Former Bush assistant: Mueller report makes Obama look 'just plain bad' MORE (R-Ky.) has pledged to not bring any government spending legislation to a vote if the president refuses to sign it.