Blunt on Shutdown: ‘I Don’t Think There Are Any Winners’
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – With the partial government shutdown over and the debt ceiling raised, Missouri’s Republican U.S. Senator is agreeing with President Obama on at least one thing.
“I don’t think there are any winners here,” Sen. Blunt said Thursday.
Blunt says that after the last 16 days, no one wants to be where the Democrats and Republicans in Congress or the President are in terms of approval ratings.
“I think that everybody in office better take this as a lesson that people want you to do your job and they want you to do it in the way the Constitution provides for and they want you to be open and straightforward about it,” he added.
Blunt says this latest crisis should serve as “shock therapy” for lawmakers.
Both Blunt and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO, voted in favor of the deal which ended the shutdown Wednesday night, making Blunt the only Republican member of Missouri’s congressional delegation to do so.
All six Republican U.S. Congressmen from Missouri – Ann Wagner, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Vicky Hartzler, Sam Graves, Billy Long and Jason Smith – voted against the bill. Democrats William “Lacy” Clay Jr. and Emanuel Cleaver voted for it.