Sens. Murphy, Blumenthal Optimistic Government Shutdown Can Be Avoided

Bill Sencio
February 11, 2019 - 3:19 pm

WASHINGTON, DC (WTIC) - Connecticut's two US Senators are cautiously hopeful that a spending package can be agreed upon before the nation faces another partial government shutdown. 

Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy report they are both optimistic that lawmakers can come to terms on a spending package before Friday's shutdown deadline. 

Murphy, who sits on the Appropriations Committee, said lawmakers are very close to a compromise.

According to Murphy, the only wild card in the negotiation is President Trump. 

"He is continuing to be completely and totally counterproductive."

Senator Blumenthal shared a similar sentiment. 

"Congress can reach an agreement if he stops interfering and mucking it up." 

The senators said they and other Democrats are open to dedicating more money for border security for items like better monitoring and more immigration judges, but they insist the president's proposed coast-to-coast border wall is not happening.