senate, minority whip dick durbin of illinois. welcome back to "meet the press." >> good to be with you. >> let me start with the shutdown at this point. is there any scenario you think on december 27th that reopens the government before january 3rd? >> well, we offered the president some very specific opportunities. in fact, we just voted on one several days ago. voice vote. unanimous voice vote to move this government forward to the first or second week of february which the president rejected after he heard the right-wing criticism. >> so what did you make of senator mcconnell though recessing? i'm trying to figure out why you guys decided to leave. everybody decided to leave and basically left the president here. is everybody trying to send a message, hey, this is his? or is this mcconnell saying i'm out of this? these negotiations are between schumer and the president which is what senator toomey just said. >> well, i can tell you that president just a few days ago said he was proud to author a shutdown of his own government. he was elected to be the commander in chief and chie
presidency? my guests this morning, republican senator pat toomey of pennsylvania and dick durbin of illinois, the democratic whip. and off and running -- >> i'm exploring a candidacy for president of the united states. >> my interview with former san antonio mayor, housing secretary and now presidential hopeful julian castro.e join are amy walter ocothe okolitical report, joshua johnson from npr, hugh hewitt from the salem radio network and yamiche alcindor, white house coronado for t pondent for the pbs news hour. welcome to sunday. it's "meet the press." >> from the longest running show in television history, this is "meet the press" with chuck todd. >>> good sunday morning. a week when much of washington talked about a shutdown which came at midnight fr ay, the word many mentioned around this city was actually meltdown. there were a lot of other words and phrases that emerged as the week ended among questions if the trump presidenc has so lost its footing it may not recover. mr. trump likes project an image of independence and strength. the president's growing dependency on the base for p
senate democratic leader dick durbin from this orning's news shows. >> i met yesterday with the vice president and mr. schumer met throughout the day as your story indicated with some republican members to talk about where we were in the discussions. we had given an offer, counter offer to mr. schumer late yesterday afternoon and immediately i think thereafter the senate went into recess until at least thursday. that doesn't mean it would be thursday before we could hear something back but i don't think things are going to move very quickly for the next couple days. >> are we talking a week? talking until the new congress comes in january 3? >> a couple different things. it is sunday right now and governments shut down on a sunday anyway. governments shut down tomorrow because it is a federal holiday. tuesday is christmas another federal holiday. wednesday is the first day this kicks in. the pay checks importantly will go out on the 28th. i want everybody to understand no one is working without getting paid. pay checks go out the 28th. the next pay period impacted is january 11.
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