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

Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyTop Republican says Trump greenlit budget fix for VA health care GOP senators not tested for coronavirus before lunch with Trump McConnell, GOP senators support exempting VA health funds from budget caps 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 TrumpTrump marks 'very sad milestone' of 100K coronavirus deaths DOJ: George Floyd death investigation a 'top priority' Lifting our voices — and votes 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]."