WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday marks day 34 of the partial government shutdown, the longest in history.
Senator Susan Collins joined her colleagues in Washington on Thursday, urging that the shutdown come to an end.
Collins says the shutdown has harmed the economy, those who need access to government services and the thousands of federal employees still working without pay.
“Ironically,” Sen. Collins (R-Maine) said, “shutdowns always end up costing the government more money than if we had operated as we should.”
Collins also talked about the need for compromise, calling it a sign of strength, not weakness.
The Republican senator voted in support of two proposals Thursday, one republican measure and one democratic measure, to reopen the government.
Senator Angus King, also took to the Senate floor Thursday, echoing his fellow lawmakers’ pleas to reopen the government.
The Independent senator voted in favor of the democratic bill, one that he says would have reopened the government immediately, while giving “breathing space” to lawmakers for bi-partisan negotiations on increased border security.
“Take the problem of the shutdown away and then we can have a discussion and debate and find a solution through a process that is the way it ought to be, not with a shutdown that’s hanging over everyone,” Sen. King (I-Maine) said. “That’s not the way we should be governing.”
King says he supports increasing border security, but said a border wall may not be the most sensible and cost effective solution in some places along the border.
Both measures to end the shutdown ultimately failed.