U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is already predicting who will be to blame if the federal government is shut down again early next year.
Durbin says another shutdown is possible if the budget talks set up under a bipartisan agreement this week don’t produce a solution. But the Number Two Democrat in the Senate says the biggest impediments to a deal are Republican Senator Ted Cruz and House Speaker John Boehner. Durbin says if they insist on a hardline approach, another shutdown is likely in January.
But he hopes that more moderate Republicans will work with Democrats to avoid that outcome and another potential showdown in February over the debt ceiling.