Representative Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) says that his Democratic colleagues told him they want the government shutdown to continue for political gain. “They want to continue down this, they want to keep the government shutdown as long as they can,” he said on CNN on Wednesday night.
“The Democrats are giddy about this behind closed doors,” Nunes said. “They think that this is going to give Nancy Pelosi back the gavel.”
“They’re very cocky, very confident,” he added.
Nunes is among the Republican lawmakers who has expressed skepticism about the party’s intransigent strategy, calling some of his colleagues “lemmings with suicide vests.” He’s among the 19 Republicans who would support a “clean” continuing resolution, according to the Washington Post’s whip count.