Democratic senator says they could shut down the government if Republicans stonewall on Russia investigation

 

Democratic senator says they could shut down the government if Republicans stonewall on Russia investigation

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  • “That’s our ultimate card, is to threaten to shut down the government when we get to the end of the funding,” Coons said Monday.
  • “One of our challenges is we’re Democrats. We don’t want to shut down the government,” Coons said.

(CNN)Democratic Sen. Chris Coons said that threatening to shut down the government is the “only card” Democrats have in negotiations with the Republican majority.

The Delaware senator was asked Monday on WHYY radio what Democrats could do to force the hand of Republicans who may be hesitant to investigate questions surrounding the Trump administration and Russia.
“Sen. (Chuck) Schumer, who’s our Minority Leader, who’s the leader of the Democratic caucus, is regularly negotiating with Majority Leader McConnell over what we are willing to do or not do to shut down the government or shut down the Senate,” Coons said. “We’ve had as you saw, a number of fairly bitter fights over confirmation.”

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