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Senator Dick Durbin took on the White House on the issue of the goverment shutdown on CBS's Face the Nation Sunday. 

 

Durbin says the President's talk of bypassing Congress by issuing a national emergency.to build a wall would be met with repercussions....

 

 

Durbin didn't sound an optimistic tone when it comes to prospects for ending the shutdown...

 

 

Durbin labels the shutdown totally unnecessary.

 

Meanwhile, Central Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville says he is always hopeful cooler heads will prevail, but does not see a compromise being worked on at this point.

 

 

This is now one of the longest shutdowns in U.S. history. The longest lasted 21-days, from December 16, 1995 - January 6, 1996. That was the result of conflicts between Democratic President Bill Clinton and the Republican Congress over funding for Medicare, education, the environment, and public health in the 1996 federal budget. The government shut down after Clinton vetoed the spending bill the Republican-controlled Congress sent him. 

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