Stalemate turns to blame game with shutdown imminent

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WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans did little but blame each other Sunday as they dug in for an increasingly likely government shutdown set to begin at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

“We know what’s going to happen,” Senator Richard Durbin, of Illinois, the number two Democrat in the Senate, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “This is a terrible, destructive strategy, totally unnecessary.”

“They’re the ones playing games,” said Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Washington state Republican on Speaker John Boehner’s leadership team, on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “They need to act.”

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