U.S. Senator Durbin discusses end to gov. shutdown

Oct 17, 2013

The U.S. Senate’s number two Democrat says he hopes the battle to end the partial government shutdown and avert a default paves the way for more bipartisanship. Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin spoke to reporters Wednesday night after the Senate voted on the plan, but before the House took it up. Durbin praises Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for working across the aisle to reach an agreement.

“I think there’s a determination here to take this bipartisanship even further. We’ve seen it during the course of this year in a comprehensive immigration bill, passage of a farm bill, and now the Senate, the bipartisan Senate rose to the occasion and broke this deadlock. It took the leadership of the Senate to do it. We got to continue to show that leadership.”

Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois supported the budget plan. The temporary deal funds government operations through January 15 of next year, and raises the borrowing limit until February 7.