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’
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Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerHouse Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Assault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad 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 TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' 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 PelosiCutting tariffs is better than cutting payroll taxes to boost the economy Pelosi speaks with Israeli president after Trump controversy In debate over internet speech law, pay attention to whose voices are ignored MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump's 'disloyalty' comments Schumer says Trump encouraging anti-Semites Saagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? 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 McConnellMcConnell rejects Democrats' 'radical movement' to abolish filibuster Hickenlooper announces Senate bid Trump orders elimination of student loan debt for thousands of disabled veterans MORE (R-Ky.) has pledged to not bring any government spending legislation to a vote if the president refuses to sign it.