Rubio: Shutdown would have 'catastrophic impact' on global affairs

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit Poll: Trump dominates 2024 Republican primary field Milley says calls to China were 'perfectly within the duties' of his job MORE (R-Fla.) on Sunday said a shutdown of the United States government would have a “catastrophic impact” on global affairs.

“The last thing we can afford is to send a message to the world that the United States government, by the way, is only partially functioning,” Rubio told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“I mean, that would just have catastrophic impact, in my view, or certainly very destabilizing, I should say, impact on global affairs. And so we should keep that in mind going into this week.”

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Lawmakers must pass legislation to keep the government funded by the end of the week in order to avoid a shutdown.

The latest debate on the spending bill is over President Trump’s proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexican border. 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 SchumerLouisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in McConnell signals Senate GOP will oppose combined debt ceiling-funding bill MORE (D-N.Y.) has already dismissed the proposal as a “nonstarter.”

Rubio said Sunday that while the push for funding of the border wall is “a fight worth having,” lawmakers cannot have a government shutdown.

“I think that's a fight worth having and a conversation and a debate worth having for 2018. And if we can do some of that now, that'd be great. But we cannot shut down the government right now,” he said.