- The Washington Times
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Two prominent Democrats appear to have wildly different ideas about how close a shutdown deal may be. 

In two separate CNN interviews Wednesday, Democratic Whip Rep. James Clyburn and Sen. Robert Menendez offered two drastically different perspectives on reaching a deal to end the shutdown.

Mr. Clyburn touted a handful of individual bills that the House will put forward to individually address funding issues and tax returns to chip away at the shutdown stalemate.

Although President Trump has resisted supporting individual appropriation bills, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski made the same argument to reporters on Tuesday.

“I think we are very close to a deal,” Mr. Clyburn said on CNN’s “New Day.” “I think in the not-too-distant future, the Senate will act and the president will respond in a positive way.”

However, Mr. Menendez, though he did echo Mr. Clyburn’s call for individual appropriation bills, was not as optimistic.

“I’m not aware that we’re that close at all,” Mr. Menendez said. “This is simple. We should have never had a shutdown.”

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