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Dem Senator Criticizes Schumer Shutdown Strategy

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse questioned the wisdom of shutting down the federal government to protect illegal immigrants.

By NTK Staff | 01.29.2018 @2:45pm

At a local town hall in his home state this weekend, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) criticized his party’s shutdown strategy, questioning the wisdom of refusing to fund the government over protections for illegal immigrants.

A questioner at the town hall told Whitehouse that the Democratic strategy to shutdown the federal government and furlough hundreds of thousands of workers “over the Dreamers was foolish.”

The senator agreed with the attendee.

“I think that the reason the shutdown only lasted one weekend was because so many of us agreed with you,” Whitehouse said. “I think there was a very strong feeling that we needed to do what we could, see if this would help.”

He told the crowd that Democrats were looking to “[take] advantage” of GOP concessions, but none appeared.

Whitehouse added that the shutdown may have hurt the DACA cause: “And I was a strong advocate for getting out of [the shutdown] because I didn’t think it was going in the right direction at all. I think ultimately it would have actually hurt the DACA kids to be put in the position of being the reason why contracts didn’t go out and people got laid off and all the rest of the things that were going to happen.”

The senator attempted to walk back his position a little, calling the shutdown a “defibrillator” for immigration compromise.

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