Senate Appropriations Committee chair: Congress looks 'silly' amid shutdown

Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyFive takeaways from Trump's budget Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Trump unveils 2020 budget | Calls for cuts to NIH | Proposes user fees on e-cigs | Azar heads to Capitol to defend blueprint | Key drug price bill gets hearing this week Trump's emergency declaration looms over Pentagon funding fight MORE (R-Ala.) said Sunday that Congress looks "silly" amid the ongoing partial government shutdown. 

"At the end of the day, all of this will end — we don’t know when — in negotiations. It’s not a question of who wins, who loses. Nobody’s going to win this kind of game. Nobody wins in a shutdown. We all lose, and we kind of look silly," he said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

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Shelby, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, predicted during the interview that the shutdown could last for a "long, long time" if Democrats and Republicans continue to "blame each other."

“Right now we’re at a standoff," he said. "And I think that’s not good for the Senate, the House, or America. We can do better and we’ve got to figure out a way to get to yes. If we blame each other this could last a long, long time.”

The government has been in a partial shutdown for more than a week, with lawmakers at odds over President TrumpDonald John TrumpHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Countdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Omar: White supremacist attacks are rising because Trump publicly says 'Islam hates us' MORE's demand for $5 billion in funding for a wall along the southern border.

Shelby on Sunday also called on members of Congress to end the "blame game" and "get back to doing what we're sent there to do, to fund the government."

"That's been my mandate," he said. "That's what we've been working hard this year in a bipartisan way on the Appropriations Committee [to do]."