COLUMBIA, SC (WIS/AP) - South Carolina politicians are responding after the federal government shut down late Friday night.
The shutdown was a striking display of Washington dysfunction and the finger-pointing came quickly – including here in the Palmetto State.
The South Carolina Democratic Party released a statement early Saturday morning putting the blame for the shutdown on Republicans.
Senator Lindsey Graham released a statement later in the morning expressing his support for an extension that was proposed by Senator Mitch McConnell.
South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson also released a statement on the government shutdown in which he blamed Senate Democrats.
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney predicted a deal would be reached by Monday when most government offices are to reopen after the weekend.
The last shutdown came in 2013 when tea party Republicans sought to use a must-pass budget bill to try to force President Barack Obama to delay implementation of his health care law. At the time, President Trump told "Fox & Friends" that the ultimate blame for a shutdown lies at the top. "I really think the pressure is on the president," he said.