South Carolina politicians react to government shutdown

South Carolina politicians react to government shutdown

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS/AP) - South Carolina politicians are responding after the federal government shut down late Friday night.

The South Carolina Democratic Party released a statement early Saturday morning putting the blame for the shutdown on Republicans.

"The Republicans couldn't unite their caucus to fund the government. They control the House, the Senate, and the White House, yet failed at the most basic act of governance. It is up to them to grow up and work with Democrats on a compromise for the American people."

Senator Lindsey Graham released a statement later in the morning expressing his support for an extension that was proposed by Senator Mitch McConnell.

"Leader McConnell mentioned last night he was willing to make a proposal for a CR through February 8 and seek resolution on immigration, disaster relief, military and government funding, CHIP, and other health care related issues.  I would support such a proposal.

South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson also released a statement on the government shutdown in which he blamed Senate Democrats.

"Last night, I was disappointed to watch Senate Democrats oppose a clean spending bill that would have kept our government open and reauthorized the Children's Health Insurance Plan for six years. Senate Democrats are just trying to distract families from President Donald Trump's successes on his first anniversary in office.

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.

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