The partial shutdown of the federal government is over, the debt ceiling has been raised – but U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says there still will be political consequences for Republicans in Congress. The deal passed by Congress funds the government through Jan. 15 and raises the debt limit until Feb. 15. Noting that several polls show the public blaming Republicans for the crisis, Durbin believes there won’t be another shutdown battle next year.
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“If the American people speak up and say to Speaker Boehner, ‘This is unacceptable’, that’ll make a difference,” Durbin said. “Come the election in November of next year, the American voters have the last word.” Durbin said that the 16-day shutdown has left the Tea Party “discredited”, and urged House Republican leaders to limit the group’s influence.