Outgoing GOP lawmaker blasts shutdown: ‘Things are not well in the USA’

Outgoing Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloEx-GOP lawmaker joins marijuana trade group Dems think they're beating Trump in emergency declaration battle Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign MORE (R-Fla.) on Saturday lamented the "instability & chaos" in Washington heading into the latest government shutdown, noting that the last few days have been more turbulent than any he can remember.

"Still with the benefit (or curse) of an inside perspective, I must say that the instability & chaos in our government the past few days has been particularly pronounced - worse than at any point during my service in Congress, & really, my lifetime," Curbelo tweeted.

"Things are not well in the USA," he added.

Curbelo, a moderate Republican who lost his reelection bid last month and will leave Congress in January, is one of eight House Republicans who voted against more than $5 billion in funding for President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification MORE's border wall this week.

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Rep. Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenThe women in white and the trails they blaze Lobbying World Former GOP chairman Royce joins lobbying shop MORE (Fla.), another House Republican who voted against the funding for Trump's wall and is retiring next month, similarly blasted the "chaos" surrounding the funding fight this week.

"I'm going out [with] a bang with the chaos, uncertainty and the drama that I have come to know and expect out of Congress," she told CNN on Thursday. "And to expect otherwise is just not rational. Just to expect anything other than unpredictability out of President Trump is foolish."

The House managed to pass the measure with $5 billion in border funding, but it was stonewalled in the Senate, triggering a partial government shutdown at the end of the day on Friday. Hundreds of thousands of government employees will be furloughed or will work without pay in the meantime.

The White House early in the week had signaled it would accept a funding bill to keep the government open that contained less than Trump's desired $5 billion in wall funding, but the president reversed course late in the week amid criticism from his staunchest conservative supporters.

Friday's shutdown, which affects about 25 percent of the federal government, is the third shutdown in the past year.

It capped off a tumultuous few days in Washington that saw Trump announce a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria, despite concerns from lawmakers and Pentagon officials. The Trump administration has also indicated it may draw down forces in Afghanistan.

Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisMattis returning to Stanford months after Pentagon resignation US-backed fighters capture ISIS militants suspected of killing American troops Nielsen warns US 'not prepared' for foreign cyberattacks MORE announced Thursday he will resign from his position effective in February after he reportedly was unable to get Trump to change his mind on his Syria strategy. Mattis's resignation letter was filled with implicit criticism of the president's treatment of U.S. allies.