Behind closed doors, POLITICO reports, Republican lawmakers are looking at the polling and the economy and want nothing to do with another shutdown.
“I did not love the shutdown. I wouldn’t think anybody would have another shutdown,” said Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri said. Blunt was one of the primary figures in the room in negotiations over funding for the border wall.
“I don’t think we want to face another shutdown,” Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah said. “And I certainly don’t think we want to have emergency action taken. So the president and Congress will have to come together. It goes almost without saying that shutdowns are a very bad idea. And we should not use them as a political weapon,” Romney added, as he enjoyed his first day in the Senate with the government fully open