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

Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyOn The Money: Conservative blocks disaster relief bill | Trade high on agenda as Trump heads to Japan | Boeing reportedly faces SEC probe over 737 Max | Study finds CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay Conservative blocks House passage of disaster relief bill The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan 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 TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit 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]."