Durbin won't predict if government will reopen before Monday evening

Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinSchumer leaves door open for second vote on bipartisan infrastructure deal Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor How Sen. Graham can help fix the labor shortage with commonsense immigration reform MORE (D-Ill.) on Sunday refused to predict if the government would reopen before Monday, as thousands of government workers prepare to be affected as the work week begins. 

"You think this government reopens before close of business Monday?” host Chuck Todd asked on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"I'm not going to make that prediction," Durbin responded.

Durbin added he feels there are "positive conversations" happening amid the negotiations. 

Republicans and Democrats in the Senate failed to reach a midnight deadline on Friday to fund the government. 


Democrats voted against a measure from Republicans because it did not contain a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields certain immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children from deportation. 

Republicans and the White House have said Democrats are holding the government hostage. 

The shutdown is set to affect workers on Monday, many of which will be furloughed if they are deemed nonessential by the government. 

"We're going to look every minute of every day," Durbin said on Sunday, adding that he wanted President TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MORE to get involved in the negotiation process. 

"I wish the president would help us. At some point his leadership could make the difference," he said.