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How Democrats are handling the government shutdown

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Democrats are railing against President Trump’s irresponsible behavior after the government partially shut down Saturday.

“It was unnecessary and avoidable,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said, according to the Hartford Courant. “Any shutdown is unfair to the American people and there’s no excuse. I’m hopeful we’ll resolve it over the weekend.”

But the shutdown will drag on at least through Thursday, after both the Senate and the House adjourned for Christmas, leaving some 420,000 federal workers forced to work without pay. About 380,000 federal workers are furloughed.

It doesn’t have to be this way. This administration’s constant chaos and dysfunction is embarrassing and, more importantly, harmful to the country. @realDonaldTrump decided to force a shutdown, and the GOP went along with it, even though a bipartisan solution was at hand.

— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 22, 2018

“It doesn’t have to be this way,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) tweeted Saturday. “This administration’s constant chaos........

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