Friday, December 3, 2021

‘Worst thing we can do is go to a shutdown’: Congress races to avert one, guest says

Congress races to avert a government shutdown, with Biden’s agenda in the balance.

CNN’s Cokie Roberts discussed the record number of government shutdowns on Wednesday’s “Erin Burnett OutFront.”

“I don’t think we’re going to be able to avoid a shutdown,” Roberts said. “I hope we can avoid it because I don’t think that we should have so many of these. They really have become a way of business for most members of Congress.”

She went on to offer her vision for a better government.

“The first thing we need to do is take up my proposal on my website, Dealing with Nukes, and just set some standards, define what are the national security issues, what are the nuclear issues of America and tell the Russians, Chinese, anyone that’s after our nukes, we are not going to continue to put up with a country — the country that does that — that breaks the treaties that we have that have been worked for over the years, like the INF treaty and START, and we can solve it,” Roberts said.

“Then we would be able to have negotiations without walking away from our friends in Europe, dealing with the issues that we have, and that could be done in 12 hours, so that doesn’t take a shutdown to do it. But of course, this is Congress, so we will never do that because it’s very hard to do and it makes everyone mad. So I hope that we can avert a shutdown. It’s a very difficult subject but if Congress does not get on top of it, then it’s inevitable.”

Roberts is a veteran of NBC News and was a chief White House correspondent for the network. She currently serves as the vice president of public affairs at the Skadden Arps law firm in Washington.

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