Top Dem: Shutdown over border wall would be 'height of irresponsibility'

Top Dem: Shutdown over border wall would be 'height of irresponsibility'
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Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinInmates grapple with uncertainty over Biden prison plan Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Biden backs effort to include immigration in budget package MORE (D-Ill.) on Sunday said it would be "the height of irresponsibility" for President Trump to allow the government to shut down over funding for the proposed wall along the Mexican border.

“That would be the height of irresponsibility,” Durbin told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Durbin said Trump does not want a government shutdown to “define” his first 100 days in office. 


White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney on Friday offered Democrats concessions on ObamaCare payments in exchange for border wall funding. But the office of Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerAn August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Schumer's moment to transform transit and deepen democracy MORE (D-N.Y.) instantly rejected Mulvaney’s proposal.

Congress must pass legislation to continue funding the government by the end of the week in order to avoid a government shutdown.

Durbin on Sunday called the border wall an “outlandish proposal,” adding that the United States cannot afford it.

“I hope the president will back off,” said Durbin.