(AL.com) — 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."