Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Senate colleagues to avoid shutting down the government, warning that doing so is irresponsible and puts American interests at risk.
“I come before my colleagues here in the Senate to urge, in the strongest possible terms, that the Republican leadership here accept its responsibility and not allow the government of the United States to shut down,” Sanders, an Independent, said on the Senate floor Friday afternoon. “Please do not shut the government down. A government shut down will be extremely distressing and difficult for millions of people in every state in our country who utilize government services.”
“The American people do not want a government shut down, I do not want a government shut down and I believe that most of my Republican colleagues do not want a government shutdown,” Sanders said. more