Illinois’ U.S. senators agree that the current Congress isn’t doing any better than the last one. With Republicans in control of both the House and Senate, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) hoped the threats of shutting down parts of government would end. It nearly happened with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and a larger shutdown could be possible if Congress doesn’t agree to raise the debt ceiling.
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“I can’t believe they haven’t learned their lesson,” Durbin said. “We don’t solve our problems by shutting down our government. This is a great nation. It should act like a great nation.”
U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) is critical of his own party’s leadership, saying the focus of every bill doesn’t have to be attacking President Obama’s policies.
“The president won two terms. Your job is to now work with him and make stuff happen,” Kirk said.
But Kirk himself hasn’t lived up to that philosophy, being one of the 47 Senate Republicans who signed a letter sent to the government of Iran, saying any agreement reached with the Obama administration on the country’s nuclear program may be undone by Congress.