Senator Dick Durbin addressed his colleagues on the Senate floor Sunday as Washington found itself in shutdown status. Durbin talked about issues that he believed led to the stalemate.
Durbin believes a little Metro-East flavor could pave the way for bipartisanship.
A number of Republican Members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation released a statement urging Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth to re-open the government.
The U.S. Senate has easily passed a bill that reopens federal agencies through February 8th. Democrats dropped their objection to the legislation after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to begin debating an immigration bill by February 8th.
Durbin says it's an important moment for undocumented immigrants in the DACA program.
Durbin says the agreement, which came just before the 81-18 vote, represents a step forward in bipartisanship.
As the Senate moves forward to restore funding to the government there is agreement on having a debate on the Dream Act.
Illinois Democrat Senator Dick Durbin says he knows it’s a bipartisan issue and one that shouldn’t be caught up in politics so he’s glad for the assurances from Republicans that the Senate will have a full and robust debate about immigration reform next month.
Senators are looking at trying to now craft a full year budget out of the shutdown.