Government shutdown could go on ‘for months and months,’ Sen. Richard Shelby warns

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby addresses the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce General Membership breakfast in this January 8, 2016 photo.
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( — Alabama’s senior U.S. Senator is warning that the current government shutdown could last quite a while.

Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, chairman of Senate Appropriations Committee, told the Washington Examiner he is not optimistic a deal could be reached quickly to solve the impasse between Republicans and Democrats who remain divided over President Trump’s call for funding for a wall at the U.S./Mexico border.

"I'm thinking we might be in for a long haul here," Shelby said. "I'm not optimistic now. If we can ever get over (border wall funding), I think then you've got another week. A new week, a new day, and so forth.

"If we don't get over this — if this goes on for months and months, and it could, I hope not, then that might be a preview of coming attractions."

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